I think constructive criticism from those who are invested in your ongoing success is key to growth. However I think there's a lot of people, especially thanks to the safety of online commenting, that use the comments to simply vent their own personal issues (that are triggered by something they read). Though I also agree that it's important not to simply dismiss criticism, I think it's key to pay attention to who it's coming from.

You don’t need to know where you came from to know where you’re going. You just need to know what you seek. Find where you belong and then let go.

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