Wow. I never thought I’d be quoting Aristotle twice in one week. Shaq, for sure – I have had plenty of DAYS where I quoted him twice. But Aristotle? I hope that’s a sign I’m evolving!
One thing that has been an interesting adjustment to me since I started Mandie.tv is all of the people who have come out of the woodwork to offer me tips. It has been hard! I am a perfectionist, so hearing that people aren’t in love with everything that I do has been a rough road to ride, and I mean that in the humblest way possible!
I am trying to learn from this in two ways.
One, is to take it as a compliment, exactly as a result of the quote by Aristotle – ” The only way to avoid criticism is to do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” This means that whenever someone has some advice to offer, I take that as a reminder that I am taking a risk. I am sticking my neck out by putting myself out there and making myself open to criticism, and that is a good thing!
Here’s the other trick I am trying to get over…
I don’t want to be “most of us!” I am trying to stand out. I want to reach millions of people so that I can help millions of people. So, whenever someone takes time out of their day to tell me they don’t like my show’s theme song, to tell me I am talking too fast or gesturing too much with my hands, or to tell me that my sound quality could use some improvement, instead of getting grumpy, I am taking it into consideration and looking for ways to improve, because….
I want to be a wise man… Or… Well… A wise Mandie!
Another important thing to consider when receiving criticism is the source – is it someone who has knowledge in the area that they’re critiquing? Is it someone with your best interest in mind? Someone happy, or a hater?
So far, I am blessed to say that apart from one person who just commented “terrible” on one of my videos on facebook, that I have been blessed to feel that everyone who has offered up criticism has had good intentions, which this “wise Mandie in progress” truly appreciates!
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Do you have any tips for receiving criticism well? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!