Accepting Constructive Criticism

Accepting constructive criticism


I have always envied people to accept constructive criticism graciously.

It seems that I wasn’t born with that trait, and I struggled to receive feedback throughout my career, even though it was completely accurate. The moment I hear the words, my heartbeat is fasting, and my mind is starting to race — first in search of an explanation for my person’s assault and then a response to rationalize whatever actions are in question.

And I’m not alone with that.

Unfortunately, many of us react with defensiveness and anger in the heat of the moment or— worse still — attack the feedback person. But the truth is, it must be overcome. We know constructive criticism has value — how else would we identify weaknesses only help us to maintain relationships and be more successful in all we do.

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