“If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: “President can’t swim.”.” – Lyndon B. Johnson
When you are in a leading position or you do very well, people will always find ways to minimize your achievements. I think everyone would agree that walking on water is a miracle. Instead of focussing on the miracle, people constantly try to put an incredible achievement into something negative. Criticism is important as without it we would not grow as human beings. However, it is always important to differentiate between positive criticism that helps you improve and negative criticism that just tries to bring you down.
When Usain Bolt wins one Olympic gold medal after the other, we only see him sprint that short distance. It is easy from our couch to say “Well, Bolt is just lucky. He was born with the right body structure” or “He is so much better than the rest, he must be using doping”. What we do not see is all the hard work and sacrifice Bolt put into it. Months and months of intensive training sessions, always paying attention to what he eats, no time to meet up with his close friends… Unfortunately, it is something we all do. We just like to minimise other people’s achievements.
Lyndon B. Johnson, often referred to as LBJ, served as the 36th President of the United States. The Democrat was in office from 1963 to 1969. Johnson served as Vice-President under John F. Kennedy. After the latter’s assassination, LBJ became President. One of his main accomplishments was the “War on Poverty”. Millions of American citizens escaped poverty during Johnson’s presidency. A more negative outcome of his leadership was that the Vietnam War escalated. This in turn lead to the antiwar movement. LBJ died in 1973.