To criticize something means to evaluate it judging from its merit and faults, mostly leaning on the faulty side anyway. When doing a particular thing, you need to get feedback from the recipients so as to know what you’re doing right and wrong, and how-to fix it. This is where constructive criticism comes in. While some people will blatantly badmouth your work, some others will let you know where you are getting it wrong, and give you pointers on how to correct it. In today’s #mondayinspiration, we’ll be looking at 4 ways to make proper use of constructive criticism.
How was your weekend? Wonderful I hope? Mine was great, because I hung out with one of my closest friends whom I haven’t seen in over a year! I had a wonderful time.
And to the business of the day, how do you take in constructive criticism without letting it affect you and your work negatively?
1) LOOK FOR THE VALID POINTS: This is so important, especially if you know that you want to improve. Don’t begin to make excuses or start trying to prove the person wrong. If you see that it’s a valid point, accept it and start working on it.
2) LISTEN MORE: You will not be able to make use of constructive criticism properly if you do not listen. It might not be easy seeing as someone is trying to “find fault” with your work, but you need to make a habit of listening, because so many useful things might be said and with you getting defensive, you probably won’t hear them. So listen more.
3) BE READY TO IMPROVE: Constructive criticism is only there to help you reconstruct your work and make it better, and the purpose gets defeated when you’re not ready to improve. Sometimes, you might not even ask for it, but however it comes, take it and get ready to swing into action. Clear you mind totally about who it might be coming from, remember that not everybody is trying to attack you, some just want to help and see you grow. So whether it’s coming from that dude or babe you don’t even like, if they make a valid point, you take it and use it!
4) DON’T COWER: The fact that somebody offers criticism to your work doesn’t mean that all you have done is nonsense. Putting yourself out there already sets you apart from those that are yet to make a move, and in my opinion that makes you a goal getter. Let them see that you know what you’re doing, but you’re also willing to improve in your craft. So don’t cower, be bold, raise your head high and smile, while taking notes on where you need to work harder.
Criticism is sometimes a very tough bone to chew because you want people to be satisfied with what you’re doing, and that’s why you should dwell on what you need, and turn it around in your favour, rather than let it discourage you.
Having said this, if you’re one to constantly criticize others without even making an effort to point them in the right direction, then you’re doing it all wrong and you need to have a change of heart. Constructive criticism is TOTALLY different from embarrassing and badmouthing people’s work. Believe me when I say that your efforts in trying to make somebody improve and grow, will not go unforgotten if you do it right. Such person will always remember you for saving them from making mistakes and helping them make amends.
“if you cannot proffer solutions, don’t go about detecting mistakes.” – Aramide Adeoti
Did you enjoy this post? How do you handle constructive criticism? Let us know in the comments section.
P.s- I’ll be celebrating my 3rd year blogversary later this week! Yay! There may or may not be a giveaway in honour of that, watch this space to find out.
Have a great week ahead!