“He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill.”
– Edmund Burke (1729–1797)
Irish philosopher and statesman
You can draw value from a naysayer or cynic by remaining objective and positive in your thinking. (yes, it can be tough)
Occasionally, they’ll point out valid hurdles or challenges you haven’t seen. With their help, if you can remain objective (and keep your ego in check), you’ll have a better chance of getting something valuable from the interaction.