The Dangers of Negation

“Everyone’s a critic.”

It’s easy to criticize. Mistakes are far easier to find than solutions.

Failures and mistakes are obvious, but the work done before getting there isn’t. The trade-offs aren’t visible. The pros and cons aren’t published.

In a world of increasing uncertainty and unlimited publishing, it’s easier than ever to take the stance of criticism.

But criticism and negation come at a cost.

They erode confidence. They strike a negative tone. They fail to recognize the work that has been done, and they normalize more criticism.

Finding solutions is much harder, but much more worthy work.

And if we can’t come up with solutions to big problems, we can always work on improving ourselves.