To escape criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
There you have it. For all you people (myself included) that struggle with criticism and worry about whether people will like what we say, do, think, etc. just remember; all you have to do is absolutely nothing.
I am my own worst critic. I am of the opinion that I am just surrounded by overly complementary people, but maybe that is just my critical side not letting go of the fact that my work is not exactly as I could have wished. Other people have very critical audiences. They struggle because everything they do is looked down upon or torn to shreds and their sparks of inspiration have five-gallon buckets of water poured onto them. If that is you, just remember; all you have to do is stop doing anything.
Now that you are all inspired and fired up, (not) I will dash all of what I just said and point out that it is very easy to criticize somebody who does nothing. We do it all the time. We call them couch potatoes, bums, wastrels and all manner of other things. So, if you want to escape criticism, all you really have to do is not exist. Be nothing.
No, we should never stoop to the point of doing nothing because of criticism. We can never escape criticism, but we can learn to deal with it. Think of all the great things that have happened in the past. Which one of them wasn’t criticized? Christopher Columbus; no one believed that you could sail to the other side of the world. He did it anyway. Copernicus and Galileo; no one believed the earth revolves around the sun. It does. John Harrison; no one believed a sea going clock possible. He built one. To build the transcontinental railroad was deemed an impossible task by many. There are now whole highway systems that run from coast to coast. There was a time when people believed that cars would never replace more traditional forms of transportation. There are plenty of cars and not many buggies. Many didn’t believe heavier than air flight possible. Now hot air balloons are curiosities. The educated community ridiculed Robert Goddard for his rocketry experiments and his belief in space travel. Less than 50 years later, men were walking on the moon. These and millions of lesser victories, over ridicule and criticism, could be listed, but the message remains the same: learn from your mistakes and accept constructive criticism, but never allow ridicule to stop you from doing what you love to do.
This is a call to do it anyway. This is a call to push on to the goal and do your best at your work. This is a call to give your all to whatever it is that you believe in and be satisfied with it, when its done. Then you will be able to say, “I held nothing back and if the world criticizes it and says it isn’t good enough than so be it.” There is no real way to escape criticism, but the good news is, it is not necessary to do so.