Sometimes the Answer is “Yes”


Self-publishing and poor writing have recently dominated this blog as topics. There is, however, something I want to re-emphasize.

Don’t allow someone else’s criticism to kill your dreams. Listen to it, evaluate it, see if you can learn from someone’s comments. But, never, never let them steal your hopes.

If I tell you that I think your creative writing piece lacks focus, I am not saying, “Gross! What made you think that you can write??” I’m saying, “Look at this more closely and keep working. It can be even better than you think.”

If someone tells you that you haven’t done something as well as possible, they are actually doing you a favor. Consider this: they could just toss your ideas aside and leave you floundering. By taking their time to offer an opinon, they are telling you how you can improve. It’s a gift. Take it, and be grateful.

Most of our lives, we will be told “no.” No, you can’t get tickets to the World Cup final. No, you can’t attend this school. No, you can’t have this job, this house, this car. No, you can’t be famous. No, you can’t pay your rent as an artist. But once in a while, when you ask to do something, the answer is “YES.”

You won’t know unless you ask.

So, take your thousands of “no” responses through each day. Pocket them, review them, then put them aside. Because if you keep asking, someday the answer could be “yes.”

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About Shannon Blue Christensen

Storyteller. Author. Editor. Literary Critic. Director. Teacher. Knitter. nascent Musician. Student. Operations and Quality. Marketing. Historian. Lear's Fool. View all posts by Shannon Blue Christensen

2 responses to “Sometimes the Answer is “Yes”

  • thoughtsontheatre

    Exactly! re: “Don’t allow someone else’s criticism to kill your dreams. Listen to it, evaluate it, see if you can learn from someone’s comments. But, never, never let them steal your hopes.” The only thing to do is learn. Never stop, keep pushing through.

  • Raunak

    so true! really well stated Shannon.If only people took criticism and rejection positively. Firstly, we need to nurture our willingness to continuously learn.This gives us the humility to accept improvements in our work.Secondly harness confidence in our capabilities. This prevents us from falling prey to dejection.

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