hey steve — great article! my forthcoming book “The Millennial Millionaire”, tackles the core of the concept you are illustrating here which is learning to define yourself from within, versus letting others define who you can be. When someone criticizes, this is an opportunity for you to acknowledge that you have created an effect in your work; that it did not go unnoticed. Regardless of the content, its an opportunity to celebrate the fact that your work is generating a response. Keep up the good work.