Understanding Criticism

8 Nov

“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 is all around us. It is part of our daily life. To ignore criticism or to wish it away is not facing reality. Criticism is a vital part of our existence and if we understand and manage it well, it can empower each of us. As a misdirected force, it can be used to destroy people’s careers, end relationships, take power and control over others, or erode a person’s self-confidence. Yet, if understood and managed for positive ends, this same force can build confidence, promote the achievement of certain goals, serve as a vital means for continual growth and inspiration, and build strong relationships.

It’s likened to using a saw. In the hands of a skilled craftsman, a piece of wood can be molded into a strong, beautiful work of art.  In the hands of the unskilled craftsman, that wood can easily wind up in the scrap bin.

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