“The only way to avoid criticism is to say nothing, be nothing, do nothing.”
This is a famous motivational quote, often erroneously attributed to Aristotle.
And it’s total hogwash.
Because if you don’t say anything, there will be people who criticize you for not saying anything. If you don’t do anything, there will be people who rail on you for your lack of action.
There is NO way to avoid criticism. You will be criticized by someone no matter what you do.
“Criticism-avoidance” is a phrase I made up to describe the driving factor in most people’s lives. We hate being criticized. So we do everything we can to avoid it.
Stop letting other people decide who you are. Stop letting the pursuit of criticism-avoidance guide your life.
Be who God has called you to be. Say what God has called you to say. Do what God has called you to do.