You should ignore THESE people...
Yeah, you should ignore them.
I'm talking about the ones who try to pass judgment without knowing much about you. The people who are clueless as to your goals, dreams, struggles, travails.
Why do people do this? Because they're insecure about themselves.
They're constantly measuring themselves against other people -- their looks, their clothes, the car they drive, their job, their overall lifestyle.
When people perceive you as a threat, they try to do all sorts of things to malign you behind your back -- from spreading rumors to downright character assassination. I've seen this firsthand at work.
The bottom line is that no one knows you better than you know yourself. Only you have the right to pass judgment on or criticize yourself, for no one else walks in your shoes.
It's okay to offer some form of constructive criticism when warranted -- many of our well-meaning friends and family members do just that. But criticizing you unfairly in an effort to get you to change something about yourself -- just to appease their egos -- is crossing a line.
If you know anyone who does this, kick them to the curb. You don't want anyone in your life tearing you down just to make themselves feel better. If misery loves company, you want no part of that.
Never let anyone think they know you like you know yourself. There's only one you in this world -- and many of your thoughts, feelings, and experiences will never be known by anyone else.