Critics are interesting. Even when you are not looking for them, they seem to find you.
The Good Critics
If you trust the critic, then it’s worth listening to. These are people who are invested in your success, who really care, and who don’t judge.
Mostly, these people have been targets of criticism themselves. Working on their masterpieces, be it a pitch deck, a research paper, a poem, a novel etc. their faces got rubbed in the ground for trying to change things, challenge status quo or bringing a new way of doing things.
They were criticized and know what it takes to rise from it. They also understand the blind spots of doing things with passion. So, they could be allies in your pursuits
The Bad Critics
If you don’t trust the critic, listen and move on. These are the ones who are afraid of change.
Mostly these people are comfortable in how things are. Any change would shift the balance of power. The best way to stop you from doing your work is to break your spirit and humiliate you. They are kind of control freaks.
These people never created master-pieces. They don’t know where creativity comes from. They have never felt the joy of expressing genius. So, they are bitter and bored.