Constructive Criticism – A Tool to Improve Faster

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 I believe it’s very useful to understand the difference between constructive and non-constructive criticism if you want to achieve the levels of success most people can only imagine.

The most asked question in this regard is: “What’s the biggest difference between average and high achievers?”

It is surprising to know that the answer is already present within us. I believe it comes down to an internal feedback mechanism that successful people follow. More precisely, how high achievers react to constructive criticism.

You see, there are two types of people. Those who accept and learn from constructive criticism and those who don’t. The first group is always going to be more successful. They have a chance to become great.

While the other group, no matter how talented, will always remain mediocre due to their attitude. 

So, the takeaway here is simple. If you want to achieve something extraordinary, you must learn to use criticism constructively and use it as feedback.

 Criticism

Everyone gets criticized by someone or the other. However, it is important to develop an understanding to recognize and convert that into constructive criticism. You shouldn’t take it personally. With a little due diligence, you will be able to differentiate between constructive and non-constructive criticism.  

 If your initial reaction is negative, try to take a deep breath before you react. Remind yourself that people are criticizing your work. Not you as a person. It’s also not meant to harm you, but to help you.

That’s why you should change your perspective on feedback and be grateful for it. You have to understand that someone who is criticizing you is giving you a bit of free advice. 

Open your mind 

When you open up your mind and start listening to feedback, make sure you understand what you hear. Become genuinely interested in what the other person has to say. Ask questions. You can learn a lot more by listening to criticism than you could by listening to compliments alone. 

However, listening and understanding feedback is not enough. You have to act on it. Apply the lessons you’ve learned from your critics. If you can do that, you’ll have an incredible advantage over 99% of people who either don’t listen or don’t apply. You’ll be learning much faster. Instead of learning by trial and error and wasting time, you’ll get knowledge “downloaded” into your brain.

Be your critic

The faster you get the feedback, the better. If there’s no one to give you feedback and criticize your work, you can become your critic. When it comes to fast learning, feedback is essential. It can be a shortcut to the learning process. This will make any other learning method more effective. It pays off to handle feedback well.

 You should practice that.

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