We’re endlessly looking at how others do things, for inspiration and ideas … but we end up wanting to try those things too. That sounds harmless until you realize that you’ll buy almost anything because someone wrote about it and made it sound amazing.
If you’re going to do anything interesting in the world, criticism is an unavoidable fact. The trick to navigating the icebergs of criticism is to figure out which are helpful, and steer clear of those that aren’t.
One of the driving forces of my life for many years was the need to improve myself. So what’s the problem? You could say it’s great that people are constantly trying to improve themselves, but where does it end? When is anyone ever content with who they are?