It is easy to get angry with those who criticize you. But it is better to listen and to consider what they have to say. If the criticism is completely misdirected and unfounded, then you can simply let it go. Yet often it can be valuable and productive to objectively consider what your critics are thinking.

The worst response to criticism is to become angry, insulted and defensive. For by doing so, you actually give more power and credibility to that criticism.

Instead, listen carefully and appreciatively to what your critics have to say. Even if the criticism is decidedly negative, somewhere there are positive insights that you can gain from it.

Don’t let your ego prevent you from learning something valuable. Being receptive to criticism strengthens your confidence and can improve your competence. Choose to know and understand what others think of you. Instead of getting angry and defensive over the words of others, choose to listen, consider and grow stronger because of them.

Give it Some Thought is a weekly inspirational message created by Ronald M. Turner, CME, former Vice President of Sales & Marketing Executives International. For more information about improving your sales and marketing performance please visit SMEI.

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