Nobody likes being criticized. But how you handle it makes all the difference. If you lock up and become defensive, you’re likely to waste a lot of time feeling bad–and repeating the same behavior that was a problem to begin with.
But if you can learn to take it in stride, with some genuine reflection on how you can use it as a basis for improvement, you can come to realize that criticism can actually be a gift.
Here are some quotes to help you think about criticism: giving it, receiving it, and understanding it.
“Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember, the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.” —Zig Ziglar
“He who throws dirt always loses ground.” —Unknown
“He has a right to criticize who has a heart to help.” —Abraham Lincoln
“Most people have been brainwashed into believing that their job is to copyedit the world, not to design it.” –Seth Godin
“Don’t criticize what you don’t understand, son. You never walked in that man’s shoes.” –Elvis Presley
“It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.” –William Lonsdale Watkinson
“Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat.” –Anonymous