Receiving Criticism: Tip #5

14 Dec

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Keep an open mind to criticism

Chances are great that if someone approaches you and you don’t like the person, or don’t respect them, you’ll tune the person out regardless of what they say—especially if they are criticizing you.

Rather than reject the criticism, keep an open mind—all you’re getting is information.  It’s important to separate the message from the messenger.  Even an enemy might give you some valuable information, or at least bring your attention to a specific behavior that you need to change. After all, that’s the intent behind the familiar expression, “Stay close to you friends and even closer to your enemies”!

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