A few weeks ago, I ran across a quote from Theodore Roosevelt in the book Daring Greatly by Brene Brown (I highly recommend you read this book!) that has been stuck in my head:
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again,
because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasm, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause;
who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly…
Whenever you do something great with your life – whether that be start a business or ministry, choose to live a life of love, decide to raise your kids in a way that goes against the mainstream, lead a church, pursue a dream – whatever that greatness is for you, know this:
Critics will arise.