Yes, I know. It’s an oxymoron.
But this quote from Bill Cosby is spot-on:
“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”
Criticism is part of the game, and those of us that earn livings by entertaining others, whether through books, radio, movies, or whatever, should expect criticism, and even outright rejection of our work. And on occassion, outright hostility towards it. (See below.)
But that’s part of the game, and if you want to win it, you have to take the lumps with the praise, and keep on gettin’ on.