Leadership is knowing that the critics will criticize you while still saying what needs to be said and doing what needs to be done.
History doesn’t remember the critic. It remembers the one who withstood the criticism to accomplish something great.
Here’s the thing: someone could find a cure for cancer and would STILL have people criticize them for it. Once there was a leader who transformed the world by feeding the hungry, healing the sick, and loving the unloveable and yet he was killed for it.
Here are some things I say to myself to make sure I have the right mentality around this topic:
“Macy. You are so invested in your craft that you don’t have time to listen to the naysayers. You are too busy creating the future. The opinions of others will not define you and your future. Your identity doesn’t come from what the world says about you. It comes from who you are on the inside. Your work, leadership, and mission are too important to allow others to define your destiny. No matter what anyone says, just show up and do the work. Even if no one notices you, show up and do the work. Just keep showing up and leading the way. Lead with passion and optimism. Have faith. Maintain hope. Be stubborn. Fight the good fight. Refuse to give up. Believe in the impossible. You will be glad you did.”