This post isn’t about investing, but about my experience in dealing with criticism, which I am now used to through my work at Safal Niveshak.
I am sure a lot of you also face criticism in your life, especially when you go out of your way and do things that you are proud of, but that may raise a lot of eyebrows from those who do not understand what you are up to.
In fact, if you’re going to do anything interesting in the world, criticism is an unavoidable fact.
You’ll be criticized, because you’ll make mistakes, because some will be jealous, because people have opinions about anything interesting, because people want to help you, because some want to drag down those doing anything different.
The trick to navigating the icebergs of criticism is to figure out which are helpful, and steer clear of those that aren’t. And above all, do it with grace.
Now, while getting criticized – especially for the wrong reasons – got me emotional a few years back, I now take things in my stride. Often I don’t respond to critics who abuse me or my work instead of sharing a genuine critique, but it being a Sunday today, I got into this interesting discussion with a follower on Twitter (he isn’t a follower anymore 🙂 ).
Our dialogue started when I informed my Twitter readers about the last day of admission for my Mastermind course.
And over the next one hour, I was called “desperate”, “greedy”, “idiot”, and a “jhola chaap”. 🙂
Here’s that discussion. Instead of using that person’s original Twitter handle (let me not make him famous 😉 ), let me call him @abc420.
@safalniveshak – Admission to my online Value Investing course – Mastermind – closes at 11.59 PM tonight! Know more and join here…
@abc420 – seems u have become desperate of money. Can see u persuading people to come to ur class
@safalniveshak – Yeah, I am desperate…to help more people lose less money in the stock market. 🙂
@abc420 – if ur teaching really has some substance then mouth talk will pull people in ur class else anyhow this class idea will die
@safalniveshak – Word of mouth has already pulled a lot of people. Thanks anyways for your prediction!
@abc420 – remember once u publish ur portfolio and saw the third class stocks then i stopped following your website
@safalniveshak – Good for you. My portfolio is doing great for me 🙂
@abc420 – u just try to make ur analysis complex by putting lot of unwanted formulas and prove tht u have awsome skills
@abc420 – in last 7 yrs just by trials i learnt to make portfolio and have awsome portfolio tcs infy wipro icici hdfc sbi yes bank l&t
@abc420 – hero bajaj maruti hll itc sunpharma cipla ambuja this is my portfolio
@safalniveshak – Great! But I will not share my views on your stocks 😉
@abc420 – to make such portfolio do someone need calculation? Hope u dont fool people
@safalniveshak – “My” people know whether I am fooling them.
@abc420 – just watch your portfolio. Crappy stocks…all i can see some numerical analysis
@safalniveshak – Crappiness, like beauty, lies in the eyes of the beholder. 🙂
@abc420 – by recommending to buy opto circuit like stocks…come on…
@safalniveshak – I have never recommended stocks on my site. I do a company’s analysis and often go wrong. I ain’t a perfect investor, like you.
@abc420 – dont lie once you shared ur portfolio
@safalniveshak – Sharing a portfolio doesn’t mean recommending those stocks. It may be for you, not for me.
@abc420 – blatant lie…you shared ur portfolio on ur website with full of regrets..why u didnt buy page ind
@safalniveshak – I bought and sold Page at 5x, when you were still taking your first steps. 🙂
@abc420 – dont fool people…u say buy right sit tight…And here u r saying u sold at 5x.. Blatant lie
@safalniveshak –See here where I talked about my 5x in Page, if you care to read – http://goo.gl/1LBtvR
@safalniveshak – You seem to be having a bad day. I wish you a better day ahead.
@abc420 – i am in europe and can understand who has a bad day…just want to say that just dont fool people by analysis
@safalniveshak – Oh, Europe? Then, given your poor attitude, you may be jobless. Sorry, I don’t have any job to offer to you.
@abc420 – according to his pravachans he should not run city to city for money… Aaj last din hai class ka
@safalniveshak – People need to be reminded. If I wanted money, I would have offered a 50% discount in desperation.
@abc420 – daily mails today is last day to enroll. What man if ur teaching is great people will run to ur home
@safalniveshak – You know what, they are running to my home, and my doors are open for them. 🙂
@abc420 – ok enough of u.. I m unfollowing u…plz ensure to remove my email from ur class mail list
@safalniveshak – Good for you, and great for me.
@safalniveshak – I am blocking you now. Need to spend some quality time with my kids. May you get all you deserve in life!
@abc420 – i am unveiling ur analysis drama so u r getting crazy
@safalniveshak – I am still crazily laughing for sure. 😉
@abc420 – apne aapko jhunjhulwala samajhta hai
@abc420 – nestle ko farzi stock batata hai and buys optocircuit.. This is kind of analysis he gives
Critic 2 enters the discussion – I second ur opinion on #safalniveshak ….if this guy is comf with money making via stocks….why pushing for fee ….greedy
@abc420 – itna mahagyani ho to city to city kahe liye mara rahe ho and fooling with half gyan
@abc420 – just want to make people aware of this jhola chhao stock tantric
@abc420 – ever seen warren buffet selling good stocks.? Just now this jhola chap wrote tht he sold page ind at 5x
@abc420 – this idiot saying tht i will be jobless soon.. 500 rs ke liye city city daud raha hai khud
@safalniveshak – A wise man said – “Never wrestle with a pig, you’ll both get dirty and the pig will enjoy it.” And you surely are enjoying! 😉
Yes, I’m Desperate and Greedy!
Let me clear a few things – not because I don’t want to see any further criticism for my work – but just to try and remove any iota of doubt you may have on my mission and vision for Safal Niveshak.
If I remind people to sign up for my course – and many sign up on the last few days – and someone thinks that’s desperate, then I am desperate. I am desperate because I do not want people to miss out on learning things that can help them for years to come.
And my desperation is proven when I allow people with financial constraints to sign up for my course and workshops even at an 80% discount, and sometimes at a zero fee.
Then, if I charge fee for my course, and you think that is being greedy, than surely I am greedy. I am greedy to earn some money for the value I am providing because that not only helps me run my house but also helps me give away money to the needy.
So, effectively, I try to trade my skills for money that brings smiles to me and my family, and a lot of unfortunate souls.
You see, I’ve learned that criticism is a fact of the game. I can respond with anger, or let it stop me from doing things, or I can let it help me. Or accept that it’s there and move on. I choose the last two.
By the way, someone recently wrote to me calling me a Pied Piper who is fooling his people by preaching the works of Buffett, Munger and Co. In fact, he sent across this picture to describe me and my work…
Now, if you think I am fooling you, you are free to choose to stop reading me.
I am sure you are smart enough to know the power of independent thinking, right?
Mastermind Admission Close Date Extended to 8th Oct.: Owing to bank holidays (till 6th Oct.) and a pretty long weekend, I have received quite a few requests to extend the closing date of admission to my online Value Investing Course – Mastermind. So, without being desperate, I have extended the same to 8th Oct. 🙂 Click here to join Mastermind now!