how to deal with critics and detractors in your life- lesson by Joseph Brodsky?
Brodsky was a Russian-American essayist and poet. He won the Noble Prize in
Literature in 1987 for his work.
It was a
time when he was young; he fell in love with a beautiful lady Marina. They had
the same passion for art, he was young poet and she loves doing painting. They got married and had kid together in
1972, soviet authorities came and arrested Joseph. He was deported from USSR, his home and send
to Vienna. And after that Marina and
Joseph never met. He suffered lot and requested the government to stay in his country
and write poems but government insisted on his leaving the country.
Why he was
His work was
liked and appreciated around the world except Soviet Union. They think that his
work was against their nation; his writing did not support the Russian
By the help
of some of the fellow poets, he was in United States. He started teaching in universities
of Yale, Cambridge, and the University of Michigan. In 1991, Brodsky became the
United States Poet Laureate.
Step by step
instructions to Deal with Your Critics and Detractors
In 1988, Brodsky gave a speech at University of Michigan. He shared
very useful strategy to deal with critics, detractors and negative people.
Of course there are so many people around us, from office,
from your friends who makes you unhappy. He insisted that you should not pay
attention to the people who makes your life miserable.
He said that you should not tell stories about the people who
make your life miserable to others. If you complain about how they treat you,
how they talk to you, they enjoy it.
If anybody is doing wrong with you; you should not do wrong
with him in return. Don’t react to the situations,
why greying your hairs in tension of others.
Forgiving and forgetting about them will help you live a peaceful
and good life. You cannot remove them from your life but at least forgiving
them will make your life easy.
The effect of negative thoughts magnified when we talk about
it or discuss it. Everybody makes bad decisions, chose wrong things and no
doubt we are surrounded by it. But you cannot just regret your decisions all
your life, we have to move on. Do something
good that is worth listening and worth your attention.
If anyone is offering you advice then just listen to it, it’s
totally up to you if you want to follow it or not.
He was an inspirational poet, writer and a human being.