Yes! You can use criticism as your true motivation force for moving forward and overcoming obstacles. Accepting valid criticism is one of the secrets:
When Richard Branson founded Virgin Atlantic in 1984, each of his competitors said he’d surely fail. Instead of backing down, Branson found creative ways to overcome each obstacle. Today, those critics are out of business and Branson is lauded as a visionary. Many of the world’s most successful business leaders were criticized — even laughed at –when they first introduced their ideas. Instead of believing the naysayers, they used that criticism as motivation to succeed. The best way to let criticism drive you is to be open to hearing it in the first place. Successful leaders know how to identify valid criticism and adapt accordingly. They use it to help them succeed. When your ideas come under fire, here are four steps to help you and your company benefit:
-Detach yourself emotionally.
-Filter out unproductive feedback.
-Consult with people you trust.
-See criticism as an opportunity to improve.
More importantly, it is crucial to learn how to accept critics even before accepting your fans:
The other day I started writing a blog about the importance of accepting a compliment, something women find difficult. Well that day praise didn’t come my way, instead I got a dose of criticism. I recognized the irony of my situation right away. It was an important lesson that taught me that it’s crucial for us to learn how to accept criticism before we really can be open to accepting praise. It’s not until we do the work of growing from a critique that we can feel we have earned the right to receive the compliment. First, I have to share how I personally differentiate between insults and criticism, because it’s how I decide how to react to them. An insult never produces anything good. It comes from a source of anger, dislike or, most often, jealousy. The intention is to tear you down and if you choose to accept it, it will be painful. Criticism, however, comes from a constructive place of compassion and is meant to make you stronger and produce positive growth. These are the steps I take when I get a critique wrapped up in a bow with my name on it:
-Recognize who’s dishing it.
-Sit back and soak it in.
- Say “thank you.”
-Show up and get to work.
On the other hand, it is becoming clear that the most important thing is how you handle criticism:
Constructive criticism appears in a variety of forms to the online college student. It could come up in school, when instructors suggest ways to improve your research papers. It could arise at work, when your boss provides feedback on ways to more efficiently communicate with company clients. For some, constructive criticism is a fundamental part of military training, when your commanding officer stresses the vital role you play in the unit’s mission. It can be a challenge to accept criticism. And how you handle it can make a difference in how you are perceived at work, school or in the military. Defending yourself may be a natural reaction, but it’s also a short-sighted reaction that limits the opportunity for growth. Here are five ways to approach constructive criticism in a positive manner:
-Don’t be defensive.
-Display a positive attitude.
-Hold a discussion.
-Look to the future.
Finally, as Aristotle said “You have to stay inactive in order to avoid criticism…” Criticism in our days connects us with true life and business action. In a very serious way if you receiving criticism, it means that you are active…