Be an Enthusiast, Not a Critic.

Be an Enthusiast, Not a Critic.

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François Varie
Nov 27, 2023 • 3 min read

In an oft-icy world filled with opinions, criticism is abundant and positivity can be scarce. It can be tempting to adopt cynical perspectives to fit in with the noisy folks who are trying to get noticed with hyper-critical opinions. But we are here to tell you, being a critic just for the sake of it is a passive, lame way to engage with the world.

And while there is always room for criticism of things that are harmful or just plain not working, we don't have to carry the cynical attitude around with us like a cross. To live a rich and rewarding life, we must strive to be enthusiasts.

Enthusiasm gives the power to can transform the mundane into the magical. It is a contagious energy that radiates positivity and inspires others. To be an enthusiast is to approach life with an open and curious mind. To seek out joy and beauty in every moment. And to share that joy with those around us.

Here's how to start.

Gratitude is Latitude

One key to being an enthusiast is gratitude. When we are grateful, we are more likely to see the upsides of our experiences. Gratitude is the foundation of a positive outlook, fostering enthusiasm. By focusing on what we are thankful for, we can cultivate a mindset of abundance and appreciation.

Find the Like-minded

Another important aspect of being an enthusiast is friendship. Crewing up with a positive squad can help us stay motivated and energized. By sharing passions and interests with others, we create a sense of community and belonging. This leads to deeper and more meaningful connections with those around us.

Work on Yourself

Personal development is also crucial to being an enthusiast. When we grow and learn, we expand our horizons. By stepping outside of our comfort zones, we create experiences and opportunities for growth. This, in turn, can lead to a more fulfilling and enriching life.

Appreciate The Creativity of Others

But being an enthusiast also requires a deep appreciation for creativity. By celebrating the unique talents and gifts of others, we can gain inspiration from their unique perspectives.

Nurturing our own creativity and allowing ourselves to be playful and experimental in our approach to life is also crucial. To effectively concentrate on our own creative process, we must drop our critical opinions of others— those same opinions are holding us back.

Guess what. There are people out there who are cynics as part of their basic personalities. My favorite cynics are the comedians who call attention to the ridiculousness of life. If you have a cynical nature as part of your personality, keep doing your thing. Just don't overdo it, let ye fall prey to darkness completely.

Be Discerning, Not Critical

Personal discernment is another key element of being an enthusiast. It means taking the time to form our opinions about life, rather than accepting what others tell us. By cultivating our own discernment, we appreciate the things we love. Then make better choices about how we want to live.

But forming our own opinions shouldn't come at the expense of others. It's possible to hold strong convictions without demeaning others. Know what you like, but let others know what they like.

By respecting the personal choices of others, we can foster a sense of kindness and empathy. Activating this philosophy will enrich our relationships for the duration.

Be an enthusiast, not a critic

Ultimately, having a deep appreciation for the things we love can lead to a richer and more potent life. In a world that can be misconstrued as bleak and unforgiving, being an enthusiast is a radical act of defiance. It's a refusal to give in to cynicism and negativity, and a commitment to living a life of wonder.

So let us all strive to be enthusiasts, to celebrate the beauty of the world around us, and to inspire others to do the same.