“It behooves every man to remember that the work of the critic is of altogether secondary importance and that, in the end, progress is accomplished by the man who does things.”

Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States

Just suppose the Beatles believed what the man at Decca Records told them after they auditioned for him, hoping to get a recording contract.

“Sorry boys. We don’t need you. Groups with guitars are on the way out.”

Just suppose they put away their instruments at that point and signed up for a cooking class.

Just suppose Elvis believed what the manager of The Grand Ole Opry told after he auditioned for him, hoping to be on the show.

“Son, you better go back to driving a truck.”

Just suppose he followed that man’s advice.

How sad would that have been?

Just suppose you and I have a dream or talent that as the saying goes – gets us up early and keeps us up late.

Chances are you’re going to have your critics, people who are going to tell you it can’t be done.

My first suggestion is get fitted for a good pair of ear plugs.

But when you see me headed your way –  you can take them out. Because when it comes to living your dream, I’m your biggest cheerleader.

The famous film producer Samuel Goldwyn said, “Don’t pay any attention to your critics – don’t even ignore them.”

Advice for the dreamer soon to be achiever doesn’t get any better than that.

Remember when you get discouraged, you’re probably not far away from an Elvis or Beatles tune. Pop one in, turn one on, or watch them perform on YouTube. Get some inspiration, fuel up, and make another run at your goal.

Self help author and speaker Tony Robbins talks a lot about the importance of role models. Who are already doing what you want to do and being successful at it. These are the people you want to pay attention to. What are you going to learn from people who deride your efforts? They bank on you quitting, all for the privilege of saying, “I told you so.”

I agree with the legendary Frank Sinatra who said, “The best revenge is massive success.”

Recalling a radio interview with singer/songwriter Neil Sedaka who hit the big time in 1957 –  he talked about his mother’s disdain for Rock and Roll, worse yet her son taking part in it. She began to come around and changed her opinion when Neil sold 75 million records.

Hang in there dreamers, your critics may one day become your biggest fans.

February, 1964.

The Beatles are blasting out a tune on the radio.

“They don’t amount to much,” my father said. “All their songs sound alike.”

Fast forward twenty years. My daughter and I invite my Dad to watch a video of the Beatles performing.

“Hey, they’re pretty good.” he declares. “Can you turn up the volume.”

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6 thoughts on “THE CASE FOR EAR PLUGS

  1. How true! Many dreamers realize their dreams after tons of hard work and dedication, and I’m sure many more leave their dreams by the wayside for lack of commitment or discouragement from others.


  2. Criticism can be very hurtful and discouraging. Often it is someone trying to make themselves look better by cutting down someone else’s efforts. Successful people seem to encourage others. The ones being critical often have no accomplishments of their own to brag about.


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