Posted by: greglumpkin | June 7, 2013

Critic, or Hater?

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I have two small children and one of their favorite movies is Ratatouille.  OK, it’s one of mine as well.  Why?  Well, it’s the story about having a dream, a goal, the desire to do what you truly love doing.  Remy, the title character rat had a lot going against him.  His family didn’t believe in his dream, society looked down on him, but in his mind, he knew what he wanted to do.

One of the other main characters is Anton Ego, a food critic with a reputation for ruining the careers of aspiring chefs.  When he is finally won over by Remy’s cooking, he pens an uncharacteristic review of the food and the restaurant.

In the review, he writes:

“In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face is that, in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so.” 

I love that.  It describes so well my view of most critics.  Instead of creating something themselves, they spend their energy tearing down what others have worked so hard for.  If you are an aspiring writer, artist, race car driver, whatever, don’t waste time listening to haters who couldn’t do 1/10th of what you’ve accomplished so far.  There’s a reason why they haven’t.  Push on.  Work harder.  Silence them with your accomplishments.  They’ll move on and start attacking someone else soon enough.

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  1. thank you for posting this. I’ve considered lately (after a painful failure) that each step we move forward puts us in a position to take bigger hits; but if we play it safe we never go forward.

    • Exactly Karen! What especially bothers me is when they build someone up and put them on a pedestal, then promptly tear them to shreds when they show human weaknesses. Case in point; Tiger Woods. Yes, stepping out on his wife, repeatedly, was atrocious, but he is human and has human weaknesses…just like the haters who loved talking about him.


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