How Best to Take Criticism

Defeated young manIf we are to become better, we sometimes have to be told we’re falling short. The ability to take criticism well, and translate it into positive change, is a crucial skill that can be learned.

Often, though, criticism is striking at an area where we are most vulnerable. If we identify strongly with our job, then criticism of our performance can feel like criticism of our self or our worth. It can hurt, and in the midst of that hurt it can be hard to identify positive takeaways from the criticism.

It would be asking too much of any of us that we set aside our emotions and always hear criticism objectively so we can analyze it for ways that we might improve. Our emotions are important, and we need to be allowed to feel them. But we can’t let our emotions keep us from understanding the criticism and finding ways to be better.

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