I recently heard a well-known CEO say, “Criticism is the price of leadership.” No one does anything great without encountering generous portions of criticism.
We often make the mistake that all criticism is based in negative judgement. In doing so, we close our eyes not only to those who wish us harm, but also to those who truly love us and want the best for us.
The greatest value of criticism is that it helps us to see the things that we are blind to. We have an incredible ability to fool ourselves. We can convince ourselves that our way is right, even when everyone else around us sees that we are on the wrong track.
One of the keys to success in life is to discern which criticism to listen to. Even judgemental criticism can be profitable. When encountering any question, we must ask, “Is there anything about this criticism that is true?” If so, we make a correction. If not, we just move on.
Our ability to accept correction is exactly what gives us the ability to learn and change. And every change we make leads us one step closer to where we want to be.