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5 Reasons Why Criticism Is the Key to Your Success

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When you are criticized by your boss, it is not always to admit your faults. You will probably insist that you are right. Or, you will ignore the criticism. However, taking note of the criticisms that you receive may be your key to success. While it is hard to set aside your pride, don’t expect to improve if you don’t. After all, how can you change without admitting that you need to change?

Here are five reasons why criticism is the key to success:

1. Criticism is the key to improvement

Sure, it is a lot more comfortable if you never knew what you did wrong. After all, a bit of criticism can hurt your ego. However, if you receive no feedback, then how can you improve? How can you change for the better?  Criticism might sting but learning to accept it and acting on it, will help you evolve into a better version of yourself.

According to a research conducted by Heaphy and Losada, that analyzed data from leadership teams to determine the ideal praise-to-criticism ratio, they found out that the leaders who received the most negative comments were the ones who improved the most. Plus, the researchers also found that the people who got the most negative feedback had the most room to grow.

Interestingly, this isn’t surprising when you consider the fact the more constructive criticism you receive, the more effort you will exert to be better. After all, criticism helps you take a step back and evaluate your current performance. This way, you are always thinking about the journey to improvement.

“Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots.” – Frank A. Clark

2. Criticism helps you avoid complacency

When everything’s going right, it is easy to fall into complacency. You do not have a sense of urgency when it comes to the job. You even stop trying to improve yourself. After all, when life is smooth sailing, why not just relax? Why should you even exert an effort in the first place?

Long periods of complacency will cause you to stray from the path of success. Just imagine not caring about improvement, or not even trying to stay ahead of the game. You might be successful now, but it will not always be that way.


3. Criticism teaches you to listen

Imagine a boss who never listens. In his world, he is always right. People who thought otherwise were wrong, to the point that he openly fought with those who criticized him. Eventually, his team came to accept that there was no room for dissent. He ruled after all. If he made unreasonable demands, then they would just have to accept how things were. They hated their jobs and eventually tried to get away from work as much as they could.  How do you think this story will end?

It is very easy to insist you are right after your boss has criticized your performance. After all, you believe he does not have a clear grasp of the whole story. However, if you want to learn to succeed, should you continuously believe that you are right and just ignore the criticism? I believe you know the answer.

The moment that you learn to listen is the first step towards your future success. Not only will you understand the other side’s point of view, but it is also an opportunity to listen to advice and to ask for more.  This way, you can build positive working relationships.


4. Criticism helps you overcome weaknesses

Let’s say, you know your weakness. You know that you don’t deliver when it comes to presentations. You know that you are not convincing enough. You know that you don’t always pitch the right ideas. However, you don’t have the sense of urgency to overcome it. No one’s complaining about it anyway. So, what’s the rush?

To solve this, it may be important to receive criticism. One of the reasons why this works is because negative criticism can grab your attention. Think of it as a wakeup call. You suck at public speaking. No one wants to listen to you. Even your boss is criticizing you. When faced with this scenario, your frustration with your current performance will motivate you to try harder.

Plus, constant criticism increases your sense of urgency to make an effort to overcome your weaknesses every single day. So, the next time you deliver a pitch and presentation, what they’ll notice is your overwhelming improvement.

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. ” – Thomas A. Edison

5. Criticism helps you stay grounded

When you only receive praise and compliments for a very long period of time, it is easy to get disillusioned. You think your performance is perfect. Then, you start believing that you are better than everyone else. One day, you receive negative feedback from a colleague. However, you think you are too good and great, so you fight with your colleague and you highlight your ascendancy.

If you want to be successful, then this is the wrong path to take. It is very easy to let your ego get to your head. However, if you want to succeed then you have to use your brain and ignore your ego. This way, you can understand your own faults and you can learn to accept the viewpoints of others.

Learning to accept criticism is hard. After all, it’s difficult to accept your faults. However, you cannot be successful if you do not learn from criticism.

Are you having a hard time accepting criticism? Do you always admit that you’re right? Leave your thoughts below!

Monique Danao is a freelance writer, content creator and copywriter with an expertise in tech, food and digital marketing. When she's not creating her next big article, you'll find her enjoying funky food, listening to music, stalking startups and researching updates on tech. You may contact her through her website or follow her on Twitter @monique_pd.

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Some people seem to naturally know how to effectively communicate in a group setting. They can express themselves clearly and listen attentively without dominating the conversation.

Being a powerful communicator is important for several reasons, including building and maintaining relationships, achieving goals, resolving conflicts, improving productivity, leading and influencing others, advancing in your career, expressing yourself more confidently and authentically, and improving your mental and emotional well-being. Effective communication is an essential life skill that can benefit you in all aspects of your life.

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2. Use “I” statements: Speak from your own perspective and avoid placing blame or making accusations.

 

3. Avoid assumptions: Don’t make assumptions about what the other person is thinking or feeling.

 

4. Be clear: Express your thoughts and feelings clearly and concisely by getting to the point and avoid using jargon or overly complex language.

 

5. Show empathy: Show that you understand and care about the other person’s feelings.

 

6. Offer valuable insights: When speaking in a group, provide a valuable takeaway or actionable item that people can walk away with.

 

7. Be an active listener: Listen attentively and respond accordingly, incorporating your points into the conversation.

 

8. Choose the right time: Pick the most opportune time to speak to ensure that you have the group’s attention and can deliver your message without interruption.

 

9. Be the unifying voice: Step in and unify the group’s thoughts to calm down the discussion and insert your point effectively.

 

10. Keep responses concise: Keep responses short and to the point to show respect for others’ time.

 

11. Avoid unnecessary comments: Avoid commenting on everything and only speak when you have something important to say.

 

12. Cut the fluff: Avoid being long-winded and get straight to the point.

 

13. Prepare ahead of time: Sort out your points and practice them before speaking in a group.

 

14. Smile and be positive: Smile and nod along as others speak, to build a positive relationship and be respected when it’s your turn to speak.

 

15. Take responsibility: Take responsibility for your own actions and feelings.

 

16. Ask questions: Ask questions to clarify any confusion or misunderstandings.

 

17. Avoid interrupting: Allow the other person to finish speaking without interruption.

 

18. Practice active listening: Repeat what the other person said to ensure you have understood correctly.

 

19. Use your body language too: Use nonverbal cues such as eye contact, facial expressions, and body language to convey your message and build rapport.

 

20. Be aware of the tone of your voice: it should be calm and assertive, not aggressive or passive.

 

By keeping these tips in mind, you can improve your communication skills and become a more powerful communicator, which can help you build better relationships, achieve your goals, and lead a more fulfilling life.

I you want to learn how to become more confident in life then you can join my weekly mentorship calls and 40+ online workshops at AweBliss.com so you can master your life with more success.

 
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