Don’t you hate when people criticize you? I especially hate it when they start calling you out anonymously because they are afraid that you’ll get mad at them. Don’t worry, most people (including me) hate criticism and our gut reaction is to fight back. The fact is though, if people start criticizing you it’s actually a good thing and here’s what you should do:
- Acknowledge the criticism and try to understand where they are coming from. Even if you feel that they are totally wrong you should try and step in their shoes because there must be some reason for them to respond to you in a negative fashion.
- Even if you disagree to what that person said, you need to react to it in a positive fashion and try and make them happy. You will not always be able to do this and worse case scenario you should try and educate that individual.
- The most important thing that you need to take from the criticism is experience. Learn from what happened so that you can prevent the same criticism in the future.
Now that you know how to handle criticism you might still be wondering why I said criticism is a good thing. The fact of the matter is, you will not be able to please everyone but if you take the high road by not being a dick others will notice you and those people will start seeing you as a great guy.
Criticism is always tough to take, but if you can sallow your pride for a bit you’ll become a much better person. Personal branding is how other individuals look upon you and if you want to be well perceived you need to be willing to take criticism and more importantly learn from it. Worse case scenario, the criticism will earn you an enemy.