How To Benefit From Criticism: The Hillary Clinton Council

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How To Benefit From Criticism: The Hillary Clinton Council
How To Benefit From Criticism: The Hillary Clinton Council

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LOTS OF ADVICE ON HOW BETTER TO BUILD A CAREER AND SUCCESS in the professional field, it's easy to get lost. In the new section, we propose to be guided by the advice of famous people and explain why it is worth listening to them. In this new issue, we turn to the recommendation of former US Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and discuss how to translate her advice into practice.


Criticism can help you learn new things, but you can't let it destroy you

Hillary Clinton is one of the most influential women in world politics with a long career path. Politics is still a traditionally "male" sphere, and Hillary knows firsthand what difficulties women politicians face. Two years ago, at the Women in the World Summit, she gave a joint interview with Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, where she spoke about the double standards for men and women, her experience and gave some advice. One of them dealt with how women should take criticism.

“Many women are more strict with themselves than circumstances require. They underestimate themselves. Too often, they take criticism to heart instead of just taking it seriously, Clinton said. - Criticism needs to be taken seriously, because thanks to it you can learn something new, but you cannot allow it to destroy you. You have to be very resilient in order to keep moving forward, despite all the obstacles and even insults that may come your way. To do this, you need to treat yourself and others with humor - believe me, this advice was given to me at the cost of a lot of effort. But this is all part of a larger process."

We have already told how constructive, well-reasoned and appropriate criticism differs from “going personal” and comments that a person makes on a wave of negative emotions - it is important to see the difference between them not only for the one who wants to make a comment, but also for those who are remark accepts. And if it is clear how to act in the event of unjustified criticism (try not to pay attention, no matter how difficult it may be), then in the case of constructive advice, everything is not so obvious.

In response to criticism, most often you want to begin to defend yourself and deny everything. But instead, it is better to be more open, ask additional questions to better understand the other person's position, and ask how they think the situation could be improved. Even if you disagree with this opinion and are not going to follow the advice, it will show that you respect someone else's position and are ready to at least listen to it. If you do not understand whether the remark that was made to you is objective, consult with friends, relatives or colleagues whose opinion you trust. If several people have similar opinions, this is a reason to think.

It is important not to take criticism to heart and understand that a lack or mistake in your work does not make you a bad specialist and layman, and people who make a constructive comment do not want to hurt you. Do not focus on negative emotions - when they subside, try to draw conclusions from other people's comments and rethink them in a positive way. Even constructive comments can sound offensive (it's annoying to understand that the work in which we have invested a lot of energy and effort has drawbacks), but they will definitely bring more benefit than the words of people who do not want to offend you and therefore praise the work, keeping silent about its obvious shortcomings.

Illustration: Dasha Chertanova

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