Welcome to Inspire Africa Project! Once upon a time, a sage was passing across a particular street and a man began to insult him. The man rained all manner of insult on the sage, but he kept quiet. When the man was tired, the sage said to him, “When an offering is given and the person it was given to rejects it, who takes the offering?” The man said, the one who gave the differing. The sage turned to him and said, I reject your offering and walked away!
He dazed the man with uncommon wisdom. The greatest mistake you’ll ever make in this life is replying your mockers or critics. Although President Goodluck Jonathan was not perfect, but one of the things I learnt from him is the ability to ignore your critics and continue with your assignment.
I have never seen a president that was insulted like that man, yet he kept his cool. Even after he left office the insult continues, but he has never uttered a word against his mockers, that’s how to handle critics. What every critic is looking for is your attention and to delay your assignment.
Responding to mockers is like dignifying nonsense. Have you ever seen a monument erected for mockers? Never! They are lazy people who goes about looking for the faults of others. If they are busy with their assignments, they won’t have time to insult great achievers. Just crosscheck if what they are saying is true and work on yourself. If it is not true, your motto should be, NO DEFENCE, NO ATTACK, REMAIN FOCUSED!
In this part of the world where we have mob mentality, there is nothing you say that will make sense to your critics. They are both the judge and the jury. They know how to do everything yet they are stranded in life. If you relinquish the position you are occupying to them, they will fail terribly.
Aristotle said, “To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” Nobody criticises a failure, so rejoice when you are mocked, it shows that you are making positive impact in your generation. Let’s look at another set of critics.
2. Those Who Believe You Didn’t Get To Where You Are Legitimately. Reading through the things the haters of a successful young lady were saying on Twitter and on different blog’s about her success shows that people can be mischievous. They can’t imagine why a young lady should buy a multi-million naira house and drive exotic cars, so she must have done some shaddy deals.
I call them the association of haters! Almost every wealthy person is a suspect in our clime. Even in the church, when a brother who was barely surviving starts exploding financially, some brethren will form the association of haters and start saying things like, “This brother is no longer holy, look at his tummy, does he look like somebody who is still fasting?”
Another set will say, “Forget all these pretenders who call themselves Christians, how can somebody become a multi-millionaire within one year? This brother must have joined cult or probably done some evil things.”
If the person is a sister, her haters will say all manner of things. When they see her coming, they will say, “Look at this wolf in sheep clothing who sleeps with men everywhere and pretend to be holy. How can a single lady have this kind of money without sleeping with men?”
These are the people who have been fasting and praying for prosperity, and when it arrives they attribute it to the devil. That’s why when some brethren become wealthy, they change church because those who knew them when they were struggling won’t believe they made their money legitimately. But changing church is not the best solution, don’t run away from frustrated people who are looking for excuses to justify their poor status!
I have seen many rich young ladies who are hidding their real status because of our primitive belief that a single lady cannot become rich without the help of a man somewhere. Young lady, if you are in that category fear not. Be bold and audacious. As long as your hands are clean, don’t run from critics or hide the blessings of God.
There is a difference between constructive criticism and denigrating someone because he is succeeding in life. Your friends or loved ones who have your interest at heart will definitely critic some of the things you do in order to help you succeed.
But when someone is jealous of your achievements, he will do whatever it takes to stop you, that’s the assignment of mockers. Antisthenes said, “As iron is eaten by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion.” Baltasar Gracian opined, “The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause.”
John Dryden stated that, “Jealousy is the jaundice of the soul.” Make your choices today, it is either you celebrate others and be celebrated, or mock others and become an object of mockery. In the next post, I will show mockers how to break out of the camp of critics. Welcome to the work of unlimited possibilities! What did you learn from this discussion? Go straight to the comment section and share your views. Connect with us on Facebook: Inspire Africa Project. Twitter @InspireAfricaP.
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