Advice is Not Criticism

Seth Godin:

“It's quite natural to be defensive in the face of criticism. After all, the critic is often someone with an agenda that's different from yours.

But advice, solicited advice from a well-meaning and insightful expert? If you confuse that with criticism, you'll leave a lot of wisdom on the table.”

Sean McCabe on Dealing with Negative Feedback

In a funny bit of timing, yesterday Sean McCabe posted episode #50 of seanwes tv, giving advice on handling negative feedback.

He makes a good point about the fact that anyone with any measure of success, no matter how positive their message, is going to have haters. There's simply no getting around it. Thus, it's important to keep this in mind:

“It's not a reflection on you, it's just a reflection on them.”

Exactly the sort of attitude I want to internalize in 2015. Maybe I should make it my mantra.