Have the strength and courage to play your music, your way. Don’t change who you are to satisfy the whims of others, or to make those less confident feel good about themselves. You spent a long time searching for your voice. Use it with love and compassion, but with determination to stand up for yourself. No one knows you, better than you do. If you’re not standing up for yourself, who else will?
Everyone has room for improvement, something to learn and areas to grow. But make sure the critique you’re getting is honest and coming from someone who actually knows what they’re talking about. Even then, their expertise might not fit your vision of what you want to become and how you want to implement your dream. Be careful you don’t give up your integrity for what might appear to be a short cut.
Keep in mind those that put you down may not be giving you honest feedback to help you get better. They maybe trying to manipulate you out of fear of losing you. You can show compassion and attempt to ease their fears, help them heal from their past battles and find their own confidence. In both themselves and in you. So be careful you’re not feeding their fears, but rather supporting their confidence.