The more time you find yourself valuing the opinions of others, be it positive or negative, it's less time you're actually appreciating what's in front of you, and probably deserves your full attention. Progress is hindered by frivolous brain cycles wasted on what other people think of you and your work. Building a thick skin isn't easy, but when you get the hang of not giving a !@#$, you truly find your stride in making great things happen. This post goes over some great tips and here's what attracted me to the article in the first place:

No one really cares: Believe it or not, we’re not that special. We go through our days thinking about how other people might be judging us. But the truth is — those people are thinking the exact same thing. No one in today’s “smartphone crazed” society has time in their schedule to think more than a brief second about us. The fact of the matter is, when we do have time get our thoughts straight, we’re too busy thinking about ourselves and our own shortcomings — not others.

Check out the full article and go ahead, be yourself. Let yourself run free with creativity and strive to remove any obstacles that may slow you from being your best. Warning: when you get good at not caring for the opinions of most people, it may attract even more criticism. But if you've done your homework, this attention will only make you better at what you do.

Original source found here.