John Updike was once asked why he seems to like every book he reviews. His response (I am paraphrasing) was, “Because I don’t waste my time reading books I don’t like.”
Being a critic is easy. It requires no risk, no creativity, and no courage to take potshots at someone else’s work. Especially not in the Internet age, when you can be a critic in relative anonymity.
I am not suggesting that we promote or endorse products, services, books, or art unworthy of attention.
This is where the subtle malignancy of criticism can readily be demonstrated.
It takes more work, and more creativity, to find and promote the worthy efforts of others than it does to be a critic.
It takes infinitely more work to actually be a creator.
To be a creator is to take risk. To risk failure, ridicule, even hardship.
But the rewards are immeasurable. So are the benefits to others.
You don’t want to be a critic. It’s easy, and it’s sleazy.
Be a creator.
Be an encourager.
Be a leader.