In the late Dr. Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture, he told of a story when he got it really bad from his football coach in a practice when he was nine. The story went like this:
“You are doing this wrong, you are doing this wrong, go back and do this again, you owe me, you are doing push-ups after practice. And when it was all over, one of the other assistant coaches came over and said, yeah, Coach Graham rode you pretty hard, didn’t he? I said yeah. He said, that’s a good thing. He said, when you are screwing up and nobody’s saying anything to you anymore, that means they gave up. And that’s a lesson that stuck with me my whole life. Is that when you see yourself doing something badly, and nobody’s bothering to tell you anymore, that’s a very bad place to be. Your critics are your ones telling you, they still love you and care.”
They, of course, can be your aunt, best buddy, consultant or dad or…
Do you want them to say something?