Tip - Learning to Let Go: How to Take Criticism

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Do you find it tough to take criticism? Most people do, particularly if they take pride in their work. But being employed means that at some point in your career you will be criticized, and you will need to know how to handle it. Here are 2 ways to make the most of criticism:
 
1) Don’t Let Your Pride Get in the Way
 
 
Criticism is often given when people think you can do a better job. And it might sound strange, but that is a good thing. So, if you receive some criticism, use it to your advantage. Grow from it. Learn from it. Work at improving. Criticism is a great way of identifying where you can grow stronger and improve as a professional.
 
2) Go Back and Ask for Clarity
 
 
When someone gives you constructive criticism, it’s important for you to go back to them and clarify if you have addressed it in your work later on. This is a tough part of growing as a young professional, but it’s also an incredibly important skill for you to have. Once you have taken the criticism on board and used it to improve your work, go and check that what you’ve done is correct. It’s a great way to show that you aren’t scared to improve. 
 
3) Believe in Yourself
 
 
Just because someone is older than you and has more experience, it doesn’t mean they get to bully you at work by criticising you unnecessarily. Take constructive criticism on board, but if someone is outright rude to you, find a way to deal with it. Don’t mistake impoliteness for criticism.
 

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