Getting feedback, especially constructive or critical of your efforts, can be hard. Do we react and try to correct what we deem unfair? Do we ignore it completely? Or do we look for pieces of it that we can absolutely apply and use as a growth experience to better our process?
Consider this: Feedback can also be challenging to GIVE – especially brutally truthful feedback. Some enjoy tearing others down, but there are nuggets of wisdom and truth even in the most hateful approach.
Do you wait for feedback to be given to you, or do you proactively solicit it?
In my younger, less effective days, I was less open to feedback. I wanted someone to recognize my efforts and tell me “great job” because I knew I was working hard and results were great. But I was not complete – I had yet to be forced to adapt and evolve and pivot and truly grow. One of my most critical career mindset shifts came when I not only became open to all feedback but I proactively went after it – for a different perspective, a unique approach, and learning from the people that have mastered their craft before me. We’re all a mix of the best practices we pick up around us. Don’t ever be afraid to change and don’t stop looking for ways to improve just because you don’t like the source or nature of feedback.