Today, while I was sitting at work typing away, another employee came walking by and asked where my boss was. It seemed like a harmless question, right? Wrong. I explained that my boss took a vacation, but will be back later this week. To which I'm asked, "where did he go?" I replied, "Europe." Now, mind you, my boss had been planning this trip for weeks, if not months, and saving way before the planning even started. But, here comes the kicker - she sarcastically said back, "well, wouldn't it be nice to have all that money to go and do things. I wonder what it'd be like to have that much money. I guess I'll never know. His paycheck could triple mine!"
While I felt, at that moment, I needed to defend him, I really didn't. I shouldn't have to defend him. His title, his work ethic and his track record should prove that. But, the critics don't always care to see the effort and sacrifices he's made. All they see is the amount of money he makes, not the work he puts into his job to earn his paycheck. How do you answer to a critic? I could have easily rattled off about how he is in the office far before and after everyone else. How he has worked all the way through this vacation that he spent months planning. How he takes the brunt of the company's risks to protect the corporation, and ultimately HER job. But, would that really have made a difference? Unfortunately, probably not.
So, I defended him lightly and sent her on her way. At some point, you have to consider the source and determine the worth of the criticism. Everyone has the opportunity to grow and become a great success in their life, but they have to work for it. Those that are quick to judge won't ever climb the ladder because they are too busy looking up instead of working on their own successes. Instead of judging those above you, let them inspire and push you to climb to their level. It's all possible when you focus on your own vision, rather than tearing apart someone else's.
As Kenneth Tynan said, "A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car." I mean, you don't want to be a backseat driver your whole life, do you? I didn't think so. So, let's use the pedal on the right, shall we?
Laura Schneider, CAP is an Administrative Mastermind, who teams up with small business owners and solopreneurs to take care of all their “desk work” so they can focus on the parts of their business that LIGHT THEM UP. She's the administrative ying to their entrepreneurial yang.
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