Several months ago, I received an email about an article I had written. The client needed a short blog post about education trends, and he hated it.
“Your points were all over the place. You need to fix this!”
The truth is, the email hurt me. As a freelance writer who spends hours on a single article, I didn’t embrace the feedback very well. For a moment, I thought I wasn’t good enough. Despite how annoyed I was by my client’s comment, I sucked it up and edited it.
Because here’s another truth: We can’t avoid criticism.
Whether you’re in a personal or professional environment, they’re everywhere. While criticism may sound soul-crushing and ego-bruising, but there are more to criticism than just its negativity.
Whenever someone criticises your work, it wasn’t directed at you, but your work. Surprisingly, we can’t shake off that feeling that it was a personal attack against us.
If you’re a hustler with criticism crisis, here are four best ways to crush criticism with confidence.
1. Detach yourself from your work
“Don’t take it personally” is easier said than done. When you poured your heart and soul into a project or presentation, it’s challenging not to feel the pinch from an honest criticism. After all, our work is an extension of our ego.
You must also know that your work is an extension of your skills. When your boss says ‘your presentation lacks research’ or ‘your project isn’t your best work’, you know you need to step up your game.
When someone takes their time to offer their feedback and advice, it demonstrates that they want to bring out the best in you. Isn’t that what we want for ourselves? Remember, don’t take it personally. Criticism is not a personal attack against you.
2. Every criticism is a lesson
Criticism is a tough cookie, and it’s unfortunate that we don’t stop to appreciate its sweet and creamy centre. Within its bitter shell, every criticism is a lesson in disguise.
When your marketing manager points out a flaw in your presentation or your colleague suggests an improvement in your project, it’s an opportunity for you to make it better. Criticism is tough to hear at first, but if it provides a change to grow, why not seize it?
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