No one likes to be told that they have a flaw. Becoming conscious of something we need to improve upon makes us uncomfortable and wary, but ignoring constructive criticism really is far more consequential than simply coming to terms with what we need to work on.
I started a new job almost two weeks ago, and I recently sat down with my boss and another superior to chat about my time in the new position so far. I was asked what I am enjoying about the position, what I’m not a huge fan of, and any concerns I have pertaining to my work.
My boss and fellow colleague were wonderful in pointing out my strengths in my new role, but they also acknowledged a few things I need to work on to better my work, and further myself. For example, they told me that although I strive to get things done in a timely manner, sometimes I rush, and in doing so I make mistakes that could easily be avoided if I took my time. I’ve been told this before, so hearing it again was a reminder to make a solid effort to improve this habit of mine in order to be better in my job and with other things in my life.
Do I like hearing things I need to improve upon? Not really. Do I recognize that constructive criticism is helpful and necessary? You bet.
I could choose to be resentful over the criticism I received and ignore it, and in the process potentially jeopardize my work and my position as a whole. I’m not going to do this, though, and am instead I am going to be mindful of my tendency to rush and work to better it.
Because really, in the end, the only person who suffers if criticism is ignored is the person it’s intended for.
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