Critics, Haters, Voyeurs

Jeff Bezos had some great advice on critics, haters, and voyeurs who cover him and other tech luminaries:

I would say that as a public figure, the best defense to speech that you don’t like about yourself as a public figure is to develop a thick skin, because you can’t stop criticism. You are going to get it. If you’re doing anything interesting in the world, you are going to have critics. You can’t stop it. Move forward. It’s not worth losing any sleep over.

That is so good and I agree completely with it. When I find stuff written publicly about me that is hateful, spiteful, jealous, and/or mean, I often favorite it. I share it sometimes with my kids. We laugh about it.

I’m not saying I’m in Jeff’s league, or anyone else’s either. I am just saying that I have experienced this stuff personally. It can be painful if you let it be. But you don’t have to. You can laugh it off. And you should.

As Jeff said, there are many more important things to be thinking about, sleeping on, and obsessing over.