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Other people are more observant of our weaknesses than we are; thus, learning to take criticism is essential if one wants to progress in their career.

Developing the ability to recognise, accept, and react to criticism is an essential component of one's personal and professional growth. Most of us don't like it if someone criticises us. It doesn't matter whether the criticism comes from our employer, coworkers, or friends; criticism is considered to be upsetting by a majority of us. The reality is that other people are more observant of our weaknesses than we are; thus, learning to take criticism is essential if one wants to progress in their career.

What is constructive and destructive criticism?


Constructive as well as destructive criticism can hurt one's confidence, but destructive criticisms are generally personal assaults due to the manner they question your abilities or character. Sometimes they're done on purpose, and other times they're merely a consequence of a lack of tact. Whatever the reason, if the criticism is limited to pointing out your weaknesses, you will know that it is destructive criticism. Suggestions on how to enhance your performance are included in constructive criticism.

How to handle constructive criticism?

#1 Don't take it personally: The one providing constructive criticism is not attempting to make you feel horrible about yourself; rather than that, they recognise your strengths and provide you with the necessary skills to identify and overcome your flaws. It is up to you to transform that criticism into something good that will drive you to continue working hard and improve your performance. Some individuals tend to respond poorly to constructive criticism, which they see as a personal attack. They may attempt to defend themselves or raise the tone of the debate. But, it is preferable to maintain your composure and listen to what the other person has to say. The most important thing is to be open to receiving suggestions from others.

woman sitting on floor wearing brown dress Some individuals tend to respond poorly to constructive criticism, which they see as a personal attack. | Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash


#2 Listen with an open mind: Carefully listen to what the other person has to say. Allow the speaker to express their views in full, without interruption. Let the person's thoughts and views speak for themselves rather than challenging them. Make sure you understand that the individual offering you feedback may be apprehensive or have difficulty expressing their thoughts clearly.

woman sitting on yellow armless chair near gray laptop computer Allow the speaker to express their views in full, without interruption. | Photo by Mimi Thian on Unsplash


#3 Don't view mistakes as failures: When someone points out a mistake in your work, you may get defensive because you see your mistakes as failures. The fact that you made a mistake shows that you are human and that you still have plenty to learn about your career. Each mistake is simply a lesson to be learnt. Keep in mind that everyone starts as a novice and that the same individuals who criticise you have had their fair share of criticism.

brown wooden letter letter letter blocks The fact that you made a mistake shows that you are human and that you still have plenty to learn about your career. | Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash


#4 Aim towards a resolution: Make sure you're clear about the problem and what steps you need to take to resolve it. It is easier to concentrate on the criticism and come up with a solution if you don't take anything personally. As a result of constructive criticism, we can learn from our mistakes while also continuing to progress. When someone gives you advice, remember that they simply want you to succeed.

blue Work Harder neon signage As a result of constructive criticism, we can learn from our mistakes while also continuing to progress. | Photo by Jordan Whitfield on Unsplash


#5 Express Your Gratitude: Sincerely thank the individual for sharing their feedback with you. Expressing gratitude does not necessarily imply that you agree with the opinion; nonetheless, it shows that you appreciate the time and effort they put into evaluating you and sharing their ideas with you.

Thank You on wooden blocks Expressing gratitude does not necessarily imply that you agree with the opinion;, it shows that you appreciate the time and effort they put into evaluating you. | Photo by Courtney Hedger on Unsplash


Without constructive criticism, we can't learn from our mistakes and grow. Instead of being welcoming and courteous, if we are defensive, we risk the chance of losing out on this constructive feedback. Giving and receiving feedback are both challenging tasks, but they are crucial for one's personal and professional growth.

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things. ~Winston Churchill



Keywords: criticism, constructive criticism, critical thinking, listening, speaking, feedback, evaluation


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