John Wooden said: “You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.” Great leaders recognize the value of criticism. It provides them feedback on their words, behaviors, attitudes and beliefs – the gift of understanding of an idea from another’s perspective, a gift of seeing the world differently or the learning of blind spots within themselves of which they were unaware. Critics are not to be shunned or avoided, but welcomed. It is their gift of learning they give to minds and hearts open to growth.
In his book, The Traveler’s Gift, Andy Andrews writes: “If you worry about what other people think of you, then you will have more confidence in their opinion than you have in your own. Poor is the man whose future depends on the opinions and permission of others. Remember this, if you are afraid of criticism, you will die doing nothing.” His words capture the counsel of Aristotle: “There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” Norman Vincent Peale wrote: “The trouble with most of us is that we’d rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism. ”Embrace and seek learning from the critics’ voices for in them may be growth unimagined … because you opened your ears to someone who dared, who cared, to help you see the world differently.
Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!