Constructive Criticism

Receiving criticism has never been an easy one for me - whether it be constructive or destructive. I think it's always had a little something to do with my long yearning for the approval and acceptance of anyone and everyone. I also think I'm my very own worst critic, as one often is, and adding another critical voice to the mix just becomes too much. I find myself taking criticism too personal, over-thinking on it, long and hard. However, I do know that constructive criticism (and even sometimes destructive criticism) will propel me forward. It's good to receive feedback from others, positive or negative, so you can get a feel for where you or your craft stands. It's meant to mold and reshape you, encourage you, and grow you in ways you may have never thought of before. Not everyone has the intention of making you feel bad - they just want to help you.

It's important to remember that our value as an individual is far separate from our performance or craft. Therefore, criticism isn't directed to us based on who we are. Ensure you're translating the feedback accurately because it's easy to let criticism filter through our own personal insecurities. THEREFORE, don't take it personally. Take it and put it to use by determining how you can grow and further yourself in your line of work. If it is destructive criticism though, or in other words flat out "hate", just know it has very little to do with you and a lot to do with the other person's own insecurities or anger. Just say thanks (or nothing at all) and move on.

Regardless of whether or not you agree with the advice being given, keep it in the back of your mind and remember that there IS always room for growth. Never let your pride get too in the way to hear what they have to say and always be on the look out for new opportunities for growth. You may be surprised by the potential you never even knew you had.

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