All the walking made her exhausted. She sat down on the first empty seat she saw, right in front of the gigantic red Rothko painting. She gave the painting a dismissive glance and started to check her email. That was her  “passive-aggressive way of insulting abstract art.”

What happened next changed the way she looked at things.

A mother and her young child walked into the room. The mother was trying to explain the abstract artwork to her child.  He looked frustrated.

“This is art? I could do that!”

The mother replied.

“But you didn’t.”

This is one of my favorite stories from Michelle Lara Lin’s blog.

We spend too much time criticizing other people.

Because it makes us feel better for actions we did not take.

At least they tried, you didn’t.

Because it gives us excuses for our failures.

If success is food, criticizing is sugar.

It makes you feel good.

Saying is easier than doing.

What are the benefits of criticizing?

I don’t know.

But I do it.

Every day and all the time.

We can always make more money, but none of us can earn more time.

Anytime you criticize others, you will have less time to turn your dream into reality.

To conquer the world, we need to conquer ourselves first.

We need to kill bad habits in order to chase success.

I wrote the first line on my new year goals to success list.

Stop criticizing.

 

Photo Credit: Naotake Murayama

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About Cam Mi Pham

Cammi Pham (@cammipham) is a digital marketer by day at ThinkRenegade, blogger by night, unlearner 24/7.  Cammi is a Medium Top Contributor, Quora Top Writer and TEDx Speaker. Her work has reached millions of people and has been translated into many different languages. Cammi has been featured in the BBC, Business Insider, Adweek, Yahoo, Lifehacker and more. Cammi lives by her personal motto, “Learn, Unlearn, Relearn.”

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