When you were quite young, did you ever play a game with your girlfriends where you agreed to tell each other all the things you like, as well as what you don't like about them? Now, I never got into this sort of thing but I knew girls who did and I remember it always ended up in tears.
You see, we are programmed to like the positive things said about us but most people find it so hard to take on board the negative, even if it's asked for. And it is really hard to hear, there's no doubt about that. But feedback – in its positive and negative forms – is the breakfast of champions. It takes hard work and practice to turn constructive criticism into a character building outcome, but when you learn to handle even the brutal truth about yourself, you're in the fast lane of personal growth.
You're the winner in the feedback game if you learn how to play it well.
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