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..