When you make the choice to be a beacon of positivity, responsibility and progress, you will often be going against the grain. People will naturally be skeptical and may even hope for you to fail. When you put your identity on the line (which is necessary to bring all your strengths to the table), you are open to the world and vulnerable to negativity and criticism. In fact, the fear of vulnerability is often the reason people choose to shy away from standing up for what they believe in. Recognizing that nonconstructive criticism is often the projection of other people’s fears onto you should help to navigate this unfortunate situation. One thing is sure though, if you’re allowing your own fears to insulate your true identity, there is no hope of being a leader to the solution. The first step is to overcome your own fear. The next is to navigate the rough seas of other’s fears.