They Don’t Erect Statues to Critics!

It’s not something that I ever really considered. We want to look up to and remember builders, creators, and those who add something positive to our lives. Either that or they have achieved something noteworthy in our eyes.

I sometimes wonder why statues are erected to politicians. Maybe it’s because they manage to survive the snake pit of politics for an extended period. I suspect it’s got more to do with who has control of the purse strings at the appropriate time.

Recognition can be so arbitrary. Medals are only awarded for actions that someone else actually sees. Scores on Amazon and the like rely on people actually posting reviews.  I use these reviews, but I don’t think I have ever posted one. I suspect that for most people they go shopping, get what they want and then get on with their lives.

I read a selection of negative reviews because you can get some interesting insights into any flaws or weaknesses in the product. However, you have to use a whole heap of common sense and an understanding of human nature to cut through the moans to get to the nuggets of information hidden within the complaints.

I suppose that, in reality, most of life is a bit random and there is nothing that happens, especially recognition, on a consistent and fair basis. If it happens, that’s fine. There are many people and actions that go unnoticed and unrecognised.

I remember listening to a training CD for accountants. It said that you should not walk away from negative minded people, you should run! That negativity is contagious and can, if you let it, affect your own mental state. And you need to have a positive outlook to succeed in virtually everything.

Somebody else phrased it in a different way. He said that if you want to soar with the eagles, you cannot run with the turkeys. This simple phrase embodies so much. It is partly how to keep your own mental state positive but also, if you want to learn what it takes to be successful in business, then associate with other people who have already done it and learn from them.

I suppose the other side of this is that you should rarely listen to your own close family. They may not even understand what you are trying to achieve and lack the knowledge and experience to help. Your family can be your fiercest critics because they are trying to stop you from failing and getting hurt, by deterring you from starting. They mean well but may not be in a position to help and may actually introduce negative thoughts of risk and failure, into your own mind.

Even when you are running a business, there will be times when you are under pressure, whether that be order fulfilment, cash flow or something going wrong within the business. At times like these you need wise counsel, people around you who can help you to see a way through. You don’t need anyone going around saying “We’re all doomed”.

So, how do you keep a clear head when the going gets tough? Everyone will have their own ways. I certainly do, but what works for me, may not work for you. You have to choose your own path but above all you need to have the right people around you. And avoid negative people who moan and complain. They cannot be a positive part of your journey.

I have often found that the most enjoyable films are the ones slated by the critics. You know, those people who are never remembered in statues. Maybe that says more about my taste in films.

And the films must have a happy positive ending. No negativity!



Alan E Long

The Long Partnership

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