Criticism. It’s the hardest pill you will ever swallow.

There’s a fine line between criticism and straight up making fun of. Both are brutal to hear about, but one is to make you better while the other, well, is just to make someone feel better.

Yesterday, someone who felt that I was originally bringing them harm and making fun of them. Came to me and admitted yes, they looked at what they were doing and realized while my approach may have hurt their feelings. It helped.

Ultimately, after taking the harsh criticism, and in the manor I originally sent it was in a joking manner. He took it, he came to me and asked what he could do to better it. And then he came back at me and showed me something awesome.

That is something we all need to do. If someone comes at you and pokes fun at you, 9 times out of 10 it’s because they respect you. They want to see you do better. It’s not because they’re trying to make a name for themselves. It’s because they’re trying to make you a name.

The truth to criticism is that the people that want to see you succeed will usually be the one’s to give you the most it. I’ve felt that harsh pill, and I only give that harsh pill to those who I know will take it and run. Not everyone will be able to swallow it, most will be scared of it. They will stand tall and defend themselves. But really, they’re just making themselves look weak.

I felt that harsh backlash of people not being able to take criticism. And it shocked me. It really did. I wasn’t ready for someone to take my criticism and spin it in a way that I had no attention.

But hey, it’s criticism. If you can’t take it, then you won’t advance yourself.