Criticism hurts. No matter who you are or what you do, having your effort, ideas, or core-being attacked is far from pleasant. It makes you want to fight back or curl into a ball—or maybe both.

As unpleasant as it may be, however, criticism is part of life. Avoiding it is futile. Aristotle put it this way: “To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”

The truth is, everyone faces criticism and pushback—especially those who strive to do what is new, good, or powerful.

Don’t let criticism defeat you. Consider its thoughts, evaluate them—maybe grow from them—but don’t heed its vitriol.

Criticism is not a weapon to tear you down. It’s a tool to lift you up.

But, when it’s used as the former, also remember this: actions that garner criticism in one circumstance earn praise in another.

Learn from criticism, but choose to go where you’re celebrated, not merely tolerated.

Doing great things is tough, but in the end, worth it.