Hater’s gonna hate, just filter them out

Recently I was having a email conversation with a man I greatly respect and he was bummed out about some trollish emails he’d received that morning. What is it about the internet that makes people forget that they are communicating with real people with real feelings?

Anyway, that discussion made me remember one of my favourite quotes of all time:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

-Theodore Roosevelt

So next time some critic is ragging on your achievements, remember Teddy’s words and let them roll right off you.