Here is my new formula for coping with criticism.
Step 1: Ask: Is it true?
If yes . . .
Step 2: Does the critic have credibility?
If yes . . . What can I learn?
If no . . . Did I do my best?
If no . . .
Step 2: Why was it said in the first place?
If either, and above all:
What can I learn?
How can I share this experience with others? (The
key here is to deal with it and move on, not to dwell on the criticism
or make it the focus of someone else’s attention. I want other people
to focus on positive things, not criticism I might have received.)
I think the first and last questions are paramount. “Is it true?” and “What can I learn?” apply to every critical comment you might receive. Anyone else have great insight into this subject?
See "Cope with Criticism" (tomorrow’s edition) and "Listen to the Critics," both in the Art Marketing Action newsletter. See, also, "Listening to the Critics" from a previous posting on this blog.