Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says that doing interesting things means you’re going to have critics.
On stage at Vox Media’s Code Conference in Los Angeles, Bezos was asked for his thoughts on the controversy surrounding Peter Thiel and Gawker Media, and how Thiel recently revealed that he’d been funding Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against the publication.
Although Bezos was careful to say that he didn’t want to comment specifically on Thiel or Gawker’s case, he had some strong words.
He started paraphrasing an old quote: “Seek revenge and you will dig two graves — one for yourself.”
You have to decide, he said, whether you really want to try to spend your time righting wrongs, even if they’re legitimate, or moving on to do other things.
“I would say that as a public figure, the best defence to speech that you don’t like about yourself as a public figure is to develop a thick skin, because you can’t stop criticism,” he said.
“You are going to get it. If you’re doing anything interesting in the world, you are going to have critics. You can’t stop it. Move forward. It’s not worth losing any sleep over.”
He also added his thoughts on protecting free speech:
“This country has the best free speech laws in the world,” he said.
“You don’t want to erode those. You don’t want to create fear or chill.”
Disclosure: Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider through his personal investment company Bezos Expeditions.