If you are genuinely interested in genuine growth, then understand that criticism is unavoidable. Criticism is as unavoidable as the air we breathe.

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you will be criticized anyway. You will be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t”- Eleanor Roosevelt

Taking criticism is no walk in the park. There is nothing easy about accepting criticism. Criticism hurts our ego, pride and feelings in a manner that can only be understood by someone who has been on the receiving end of criticism. Understanding the advantages of criticism can act as a cushion to the devastating blow of criticism.

“Taking criticism is not easy, however criticism is highly important to our development.”

3 Advantages of criticism

  • Criticism boosts our productivity: Channeling the frustration and anger of criticism towards the right angle is a very good ingredient to improve our overall performance. Anyone who criticizes you must have evaluated you and your work and have seen a room for improvement.

“Criticism may not be agreeable but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.”- Winston Churchill

  • Criticism gives you an insight into people’s thought: A person can only say something after they must have processed it in their heads. When criticism takes place, understand that the critic has an interest in your work to have a verdict.

A person can only criticize you when they have thought of you.

  • Criticism keeps you in check: Reflected criticism gives room for you to re-evaluate yourself. Criticism helps you to avoid the trap of inflated ego,misbehavior and “know it all” syndrome.

“The problem with most of us is we had rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism”- Norman Vincent Peale