One way to deal with criticism is to do your best to avoid it. But there is a high price to pay to avoid criticism. Greek philosopher Aristotle said,
“Criticism is something you can avoid easily—by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”
Since it is impossible to live and not receive some kind of criticism, the best thing to do is to learn from it.
Consider that your critics, even your harshest ones, are probably, at least, a little bit right. The ability to agree with your detractors requires self-awareness, courage, and the aptitude to swallow hard instead of fighting back.
Besides learning from it you should also be thankful for the criticism you receive. After all, negative feedback is an affirmation that you are saying or doing or being something that got noticed. It is a far better thing to receive criticism than not to be noticed at all.
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