We might not get the true winner in a beauty contest when a person with low sense of beauty is chosen as a judge.
You cannot best evaluate your performance based on the applause or the criticism of a person who is not well versed with the activities of your field.
Do not be too happy and adjudge yourself to be the best when you are praised by an outsider or a critic, he might be judging you based on ignorance or his myopic world view.
Not all commendations are signs good performances and not all criticisms point to abysmal performances.
Be very careful of how you relate your performance with popular acclamation, it might be a confirmation of your mediocrity.
Be very watchful of how you take criticisms, it might be baseless and can discourage you from moving on.
God bless you and have a nice day.
Fr. Michael Amo Gyau