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Monday, August 1, 2011

critic is human part-time job

In the name of Allah the most gracious the most merciful

Let me start this post with a story of Dick Fosbury, who developed the “Fosbury flop” technique which is used in high-jump by athletes nowadays.


Previously, athletes used the straddle method, in which they went over the bar while facing it with one arm and one leg leading. Fosbury developed a technique where he went over head first with his back to the bar.

Developing the new technique is one thing and getting it accepted by others was another matter. Fosbury remarked, “I was told over and over again that I would never be successful, that I was not going to be competitive and the technique was simply not going to work. All I could do was shrug and say, “We’ll just have to see.”

And people see Fosbury won gold medal in the Mexico City Olympics in 1968, shattering previous Olympics record. Since then, nearly all world-class high jumpers use his technique.


What I can say about this story is that criticism will always heard when we come out with some ideas that have the uncertain outcome. At this stage, only people that have strong determination could survive.

Maybe to we should learn the concept of shame from the Japanese that contribute to strong determination. The Japanese always fear being shame. To talk about big dreams and success then failed would cause them enormous shame. That’s why they will absolutely do their best in whatever they do. The Malays also practice this concept but the different is because of fear being shame then they stop exploring new things.

How if we failed?

In this case we have to define failure carefully. Sometimes we feel ‘loser’ just because of criticism. Is it true we failed? We should see all the things that we had done in more perspectives. Let me give you one example:

A coach of a football team plan to go for European tour so that his players could learn something from the European style and tactical but at the end of the season the team not achieved the management’s target and the management blamed the coach. However the coach stand firm on the ground and always optimist. He never calls it a mistake, but it is an education. At least now he knows where they stand and from the tour he knows his player better which is vital for tactical planning.

Like it or not, people will always criticize but for our part, we have to keep a positive state of mind and stay focus because it will increase our potential for success.

“The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”

that's all for this time. Happy fasting to all muslims.


*story of Fosbury was quoted from "Dare to Dream" - J. C. Maxwell

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