By: Pastor Matt Morgan

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
James 1:19-20 ESV 

Criticism is the price for leadership. Those who can’t do often criticize those who do! In order to succeed you must rise above criticism.  
Negativity is a form of control. Have you ever not done what you should do for fear of the chatter? Have the consequences interfered with what you know to do? Have you become victim to this sort of manipulation?  
Always be open to constructive criticism but never open yourselves to unqualified voices. The powerless look for someone of higher standards, character, or significance to pull down in their attempt to rise up. They don’t arrive on their own merit, they arrive by tearing down your credibility. 
When you answer the attack, you give it credibility. They become pleased when you respond or argue your position. They become irate when you ignore their advance. Why make your critics happy? Become comfortable with silence. Often your silence is louder than your defense. They are only empowered when you are bothered. Through your silence you will expose the sterile critic.  
 A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back. (Proverbs 29:11 ESV)