Do You Let Criticism Stop You? How To Insult-Proof Your Ego.

Finding the courage to express yourself isn’t always an easy thing to do.

While technology gives us countless tools to share our creations with the world, it also opens us up to the opinions of others: the good, the bad, and the cruel.

If mean words keep popping up in your mind, don’t let them drop down and poison your soul. Click To Tweet

To keep yourself open and continuously creating amidst the rocky terrain of online public opinion is a vital skill, especially when you’re committed to being a force for good.

That’s why I was intrigued when a reader asked how I **personally** deal with criticism online.

Rather than just empathize, I thought I’d share some fun “feedback” from my own critics. If nothing else, I hope it makes you laugh.

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Thank You For Not Believing In Me

Curious…

Have you ever had someone say something about your work that felt like a punch in the gut? Where you were almost shocked how downright ignorant and mean it was?

While most of us get that learning to deal with criticism is an essential part of the creative game, that intellectual awareness doesn’t always help us emotionally.

Sometimes a put-down is the best fuel to fire you up. Click To Tweet

Especially when you’re first starting out.

Words sting. And unfortunately, the harshest words often linger in the back corners of our minds longer than we’d like to admit.

That’s why I want to tell you a story about this guy who put me down on an escalator and how I’ve used that experience to lift myself up.

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How To Deal With Criticism

I’m writing you from the clouds. More precisely…

I’m about 10,000 feet up on a Virgin America flight en route to Los Angeles for our company’s annual summer retreat.

Since our business is completely virtual, it’s vital that we all get together in person a few times a year for strategic planning and — big ol’ slumber parties!! (don’t you miss those??)

It's easy to attack an act of creation, it’s a lot more difficult to perform one. @ChuckPalahniuk Click To Tweet

Back when I first started my business, I dreamed of the day when I’d be lucky enough to work with really talented people like this.

I fantasized about having these kind of work/play “getaways” in gorgeous places with tons of healthy food and ample supplies of markers and flip charts.

But that was a fantasy I didn’t tell many people about for years.

Why?

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How to Deal with Negative Reviews

Today I’m packing my bags to fly across country to speak at a big internet marketing event called Underground hosted by my friend Yanik Silver.

I’m so pumped to teach and learn, and really happy the weather back east is mild. This New Yorker has officially gotten used to 70 degrees and sunny LA weather.

Now that you know my whereabouts, let’s get down to some business advice.

In today’s episode of MarieTV, I’ll show you how to deal with one of THE most upsetting situations you’ll run into as a business owner . . .

Negative business reviews.

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How To Get Over The Fear of Being Judged By Others

I’m writing you from 30,000+ feet en route to Los Angeles for Richard Branson’s Rock The Kasbah event.

I’m thrilled to see one of my favorite artists, Mary J. Blige, perform and get this. . . a live Pussycat Dolls Burlesque show is on the agenda too!

One of the things I love about watching live performances is that it reminds me of how important it is to follow your dreams, despite your fear about what others will think.

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