June 30

Embrace Feedback: Overcoming Fear of Criticism to Thrive

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In the following video I share an experience with you to inspire you to learn how overcoming the fear of criticism. By overcoming criticism you will also spark your own personal growth, build resilience, and unlock your true potential. Embrace feedback and thrive with these tips.

Criticism can be hard to handle. Sometimes, it makes us feel bad about ourselves. But, learning how to handle criticism can help us grow and get better at what we do. This guide will help you understand how to overcome the fear of criticism and turn it into something positive.

What is Criticism?

Criticism is feedback from others about what we did. It can be:

  • Positive Criticism: Helps us get better by pointing out what we did well and what we can improve.
  • Negative Criticism: Focuses on what we did wrong, and can sometimes be hurtful.

My Story: Learning from Criticism

In 2016, my colleague Tim told me "you suck at branding". He said it was my big problem because I wasn't selling my art or attracting the clients I wanted. At first, I felt hurt and discouraged. But, I decided to take it as a challenge. I wanted to learn more about branding, so I read books and took courses. Here’s what I learned:

Connecting with people’s feelings is very important in branding. Sharing stories helps build a strong brand. Using logos, colors, and websites can support your brand and make it more recognizable.

Overcoming Criticism

How to Take Criticism Without Taking It Personally

Taking criticism can be tough, but there are ways to make it easier. When someone gives you feedback, try to stay calm. Take deep breaths and try to relax. 

Listen carefully to what the person is saying without interrupting.

If you don’t understand something, ask for clarification. Even if the feedback is hard to hear, appreciate it and say thank you.

How to Handle Criticism

Handling criticism well can make us better. To do this, try to separate your emotions from the facts. Focus on what you can learn from the feedback. Look for the positive advice in the criticism and use it to improve yourself and your work.

Dealing with Criticism from Friends

Friends can sometimes be our biggest critics. To handle criticism from friends, understand that they usually want to help you.

Be honest about how you feel when they give you feedback. Value their opinion because they know you well and can offer good advice.

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Learning Branding

After Tim’s criticism, I learned a lot about branding. Here’s a more detailed look at my journey:

I started by reading books about branding. Some of the books I read were "Stories Sell" and "Building a StoryBrand." I also took online courses on branding basics, advanced branding techniques, and emotional branding. The biggest takeaway from these two books is the power of written and oral storytelling; their impact on brands growth.

I used what I learned in practical ways. I created a new logo that tells a story, chose colors that evoke emotions, and built a website that engages visitors. My efforts paid off. I started selling more art and attracting the clients I wanted. My brand became stronger and more recognizable.

Criticism can be a powerful tool for growth. By embracing it, we can learn, improve, and become better at what we do. Remember, criticism is not something to fear but something to use for our advantage. Keep learning, keep improving, and soon you'll see how far you can go!


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