As a CEO, you will be the beneficiary of a wonderful phenomenon — the whole world will tell you about your shortcomings, what they would do differently, and the fact that you’re, well, a bum. They may question your intellect and opine that your mother dresses you funny.
It comes with the job.
Run a public company and deal with thousands of shareholders and the criticism is broader, deeper, and more pointed. Shareholders will even make fun of your dog. What kind of person makes fun of a man’s dog?
You will be tempted to respond, which will generate more criticism another response until the cycle becomes entrenched and begins to sap your energy.
This guy, who had a few critics in his day, is reputed to have said: