Easy to Criticize, Difficult to Improve

Once upon a time there was a painter who had just completed his first painting on a canvas. He had painted a beautiful scenery. He wanted people’s opinion about his caliber and painting kills.

He put his painting at a busy street-crossing. Nd just down below a board which read, “I have painted this piece. Since I’m new to this profession I might have committed some mistakes. Please put a cross wherever you see a mistake.”

While he came back in the evening to collect his painting, he was completely shattered to see that whole canvass was filled with Xs (Crosses) and some people had even written their nasty comments on the painting.

Disheartened and broken completely he ran to his mater’s [lace and burst into tears.

The young artist was breathing heavily and master heard him saying, “I’m useless and if this is what I have learnt to paint I’m not worth becoming a painter. People have rejected me completely. I feel like dying.”

Master smiled and suggested, “My Son, I will prove that you re a great artist and have learnt flawless painting. Do as I say without questioning it. It will work.”

Young artist reluctantly agreed and two days later early morning he presented a replica of his earlier painting to his master. Master took that gracefully and smiled.

“Come with me,” said the Master.

They reached the same street-square early morning and displayed the same painting exactly at the same place. Now Master took out another board which read, “Gentlemen, I have painted this piece, Since I’m new to this profession I might have committed some mistakes. I have put a box with colours and brushes just below. Please do a favour. If you see a mistake. Kindly pick up the brush and correct it.”

Master and disciple walked back home. They both visited the place in the evening. Young painter was surprised to see that actually there was not a single correct done so far.

Next day again they visited and found the painting remained untouched. They say the painting was kept there for a month for no correction came in!

It is easier to criticize, but difficult to improve! So, don’t get bothered or carried away by someone else’s criticism and feel depressed. Judge yourself. You are your best judge!

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