I can’t thank you enough for not only reading, but for taking your precious time to share such wise and well thought-out commentary Martine — I’ve highlighted most of it !

In hindsight, I think you should have written the post. I love how you’ve conceptualized criticism and coupled it with such effective coping strategies.

I recently read an article on 6 Reasons Why Criticism Is A Good Thing:

“…you can use criticism to give you a competitive edge…

Criticism is a form of communication

Feedback helps make your product stronger

It forces you to think about how you work

The right kind of criticism can give you an advantage

Use positive language, elicit a solution

“OK, so you’d like to see this design changed — what would you say is the main thing that ought to be different?”

“I can see why you say that. Let me tell you why I did it this way.”

“I’ve thought about what you said and what I’m going to do is…”

Turn your words into action to show that you can listen to feedback, respond in the correct way and still get the job done.

Don’t take it personally

There will be occasions when you feel the criticism is personal and, now and then, you’ll be right. People are fallible and it’s important to remember to not be offended by someone’s remarks. However, a good professional is able to take criticism on board and not respond as though it’s a personal attack. They are also able to make it work to their advantage or, if all else fails, politely conclude the partnership and leave with their reputation intact.” — Creative Boom

Here’s to healthy criticism my friend … 🙏

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