The more we create, the more visible we become and inevitably, the more criticism we invite. However, criticism doesn’t need to be a drawback to success, rather it can be used effectively to refocus your efforts and spur you on. The first step to learning to deal with feedback is learning when to listen and when to ignore, but first you must understand the difference between constructive and destructive criticism:
Constructive criticism points out faults while offering advice on how to improve.
Destructive criticism is given without any practical advice.
Whether it’s careless or malicious, it’s not in your best interests to listen to destructive criticism. Instead, surround yourself with people who truly care about you and the outcome of your work. Don’t respond immediately. Reflect. It’s not always easy to hear where we are going wrong, particularly if we have invested ourselves in a project, so don’t respond to criticism immediately. Go away and think about it, chances are, an outside perspective might be just what you need! That said, just because someone gives you constructive criticism, it doesn’t mean it’s true. Listen to what is being said, question where they are coming from and decide if it’s worth changing your course of action. Don’t take it personally. Try to remove yourself from the situation and realise that whether it’s a mark on your paper or a decision on your audition, the evaluation isn’t a reflection of your personality or your value.
If you’d like to see more of my advice, why not read My Top Tips for Motivation here.
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