Keep to the main thing – dealing with critics – Part 2

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Not everything they said about you is a lie

So a significant part of growing up involves; knowing how to listen to your critics when to listen to them, what to listen out for and what to do with what you have heard.

The best example to help illustrate this would be Julius Malema.

In 2011, Malema was told that he was an illiterate politician, a loose cannon of note by his former party’s opposition. The media and other independent sources portrayed him as an angry dim-whit because of the political positions he had taken at the time. This narrative picked up momentum when his Grade 12 matric results surfaced revealing that he had received a “GG” in Woodwork. During the same year, he was suspended from the ANC for five years and became a political outcast. This was apart from other wanting statements labelled against him.

You might think that this was a lot for one person, but in honest truth, you will agree to the fact that some of us deal with even much worse because of what we carry.

Were some of his political views at the time incorrect? No! For example the expropriation of land without compensation debate. Where some out place, yes, most definitely. But he had to learn to know how and when to listen to critics, what to listen out for and most importantly what to do with what he heard.

This is what he did with all the criticism; “Juju goes from G in woodwork to BA Degree.” He establish a now growing political party. He used all the stones his critics threw at him to build a bridge for himself and many others who now aspire to his worldview. He did not whither under scorching pressure but instead, he demonstrated grit by becoming fruitful even under fire.

Put in another way, an old Mexican proverb says, “They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.” We should be like this when faced with such circumstances.

The question to ask yourself is, “what will I let criticism do to me?”

Has Malema stopped receiving criticism, NO! Will he ever stop receiving criticism, NO! Will he ever stop being controversial, NO! In his own words,

“They can kill me but they will never kill my ideals.”

Steve Harvey once said, “The road to success is always under construction.

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One thought on “Keep to the main thing – dealing with critics – Part 2

  1. Pingback: Keep to the main thing – dealing with critics – Part 3 | Anele Matshisi

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