You will experience some type of criticism at some point, no matter what type of job you have, career path you’ve chosen or choices you’ve made. It’s not pleasant to receive criticism, especially if you’ve worked hard and believe you’ve done nothing to deserve a harsh response. Whether your critics are right or wrong, what really matters is how you respond to them.
First, you have to adjust to the fact that you will not be popular with everyone. You can do everything right, and some people will still manage to find fault with you. Don’t be surprised when someone is critical. Instead, understand that you wouldn’t have critics if you weren’t getting people’s attention. It is also helpful to remember that the ones who have the loudest and rudest voices are often those who need empathy.
It can be difficult to have empathy for the individuals who have been critical of you, but by doing this, you are the bigger person. Rising above criticism means you understand that you can’t make everyone happy all the time – and that’s okay. You also have to acknowledge that sometimes criticism is real, valid and important. It’s helpful to develop the skill of learning when to listen to your critics and when to ignore those voices.
You have to be confident in what you know. When you’re knowledgeable, well-researched and skilled, criticism will land differently. You will be able to tell when you should listen to the feedback or when to rise above negativity. As you grow, succeed and gain more exposure, you may notice more critics. This is often a price you have to pay for success, but you don’t have to let it bring you down or become a problematic source of negativity you constantly have to battle.
By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC