“It’s not the critic that counts”

Teddy said that.

He was right.

Because what have they contributed? If they don’t like the work, it’s likely because it wasn’t for them.

Don’t like the Lord of the Ring? Think it was too long? Tolkien didn’t write it for you.

Don’t understand the fascination with Rocky Horror Picture Show? Don’t worry, there are others that do.

And yet, if we are going to challenge the status quo, for a small moment, we have to become a critic.

Innovation hinges on the critic who recognizes something is broken, but more importantly, cares enough to fix it. It’s having the guts to say, “I can make this better.”

Rare indeed.