Don’t Let Criticism Get You Down

Criticism: When to Ignore It and When to Give it Due ConsiderationThe one thing you need to keep in mind is that no matter who criticizes you, you can’t give up your dream. You might have to change your approach a little bit but you should always pick yourself up and keep going.

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So what’s the best way to deal with criticism? Well, there are a few different possibilities. One is to just ignore the criticism altogether. It’s very difficult to do this but you can give it a shot. After all, if you’ve spent several years honing that product before putting it on the market, you can’t let someone who doesn’t know any better change your mind.

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Another way of dealing with criticism is to thank the person who gave it for their opinion, consider whether they have a valid point, ignore it if they don’t and change your plans if and only if there is any truth to their argument. This is probably the rational, mature way of dealing with criticism.

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The fact is that you can’t give due consideration to everyone who criticizes you. Instead, do this only with people who deserve to be heard. For example, if a close business associate whom you respect tells you that you need to change your approach, you can give them due consideration. But if someone who knows nothing about the industry is criticizing you for no reason, then feel free to ignore them.

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Criticism: When to Ignore It and When to Give it Due ConsiderationThe one thing you need to keep in mind is that no matter who criticizes you, you can’t give up your dream. You might have to change your approach a little bit but you should always pick yourself up and keep going.

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Switching jobs? Somebody is probably going to criticize your decision. Starting a business? No doubt someone has already told you this is a bad time to do so. Launching a new product? Well, you’ve probably already heard quite a few valid-sounding reasons why this is not a good idea.

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  • To see a change that we would like. If we regularly read a magazine or blog, for example, there might be something that often bothers us that we’d like to see changed. 
  • To further the discussion. Criticism can be a way to get a good, intelligent discussion about something going on.
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  • To boost our ego, to show how powerful or knowledgeable we are.

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