Genius or Pure Stubborn Will

It’s hard to be criticized, especially when dreams and aspirations depend so heavily on public opinion. So how to answer critics? Because there will always be someone who doesn’t like you or your opinions or what you write or maybe they’re having a bad day and feel like taking it out on some nameless person.

The only thing to do is keep going.

Keep writing. Keep singing. Keep painting. Create those equations that everyone calls heresy or voodoo math. Stand against the masses who say your theory sucks and could not possibly be valid. Whatever it is you do that people hate on, keep doing it.

Geniuses don’t know they are geniuses. Galileo was a man like any other, standing against the tide of popular opinion and that is hard. Having a harsh judgment made against you hurts. That’s when it’s time to step up.

The more someone slings mud at you the more new work you should make. You get a bad review, you post two more works. Eventually the person you are actually creating for will see your work and know that it is worthwhile…and those are the people you do it for.

Try harder, write with greater eloquence, paint with greater dexterity. Don’t let someone else tell you what your work is worth. Van Gogh couldn’t sell a painting in his life-time. He was a loser to his generation and a genius to ours. He wasn’t painting for his time and there was nothing to tell him that anyone would ever respect his work. And yet now his paintings are worth millions.

Don’t listen to popular opinion. Geniuses are born from tenacity, from refusal to listen to the crowd and the willingness to risk negative review..

About jeanetteraleigh

Jeanette Raleigh is an artist and author who has spent most of her life at some creative pursuit. Whether painting a castle or writing a novel, Jeanette enjoys the playful aspects of creation and strives to make worlds where others feel at home. You can find her works of art and information about her fiction at
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2 Responses to Genius or Pure Stubborn Will

  1. it can be so hard to keep going and keep believing. but any artist must keep following that desire within them to write / paint / sculpt / whatever, even if the only person who appreciates it is themselves.

    i am lucky in that noone has ever posted negative comments on anything i have posted on WP, but i have had posts with no comments and no likes and that can hurt. i don’t mind if people don’t like my stuff, that’s down to taste, but for people to have no reaction is worse in a way.

    • That’s funny. I think I’d rather have no comment than something hurtful. I don’t mind constructive criticism and I have had people give me feedback on the negative side that is greatly appreciated. I think it comes down to the intention in mind.

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