Getting criticism isn’t always an easy thing to listen to or take in. However, feedback is essential for growth and receiving it from mentors, colleagues, and industry leaders is something you should take advantage of every chance you get.
Bring Attention To Blind Spots
Being involved in your business or project everyday can leave you open to ‘blind spots’ that you can’t see because you are totally involved in the project. Getting constructive criticism is great for entrepreneurs because people can point out to you things you missed or possibly overlooked. Having a second set of eyes on something is definitely important to give your business that extra boost to catapult it into success.
Set Yourself Up For Success
Getting constructive feedback is something that can set an entrepreneur up for success as well as help them know when it is time to abandon a project and start something new. Surrounding yourself with people who are not only experts in their industry but also you know will give you straightforward, real advice is important. Sometimes it is time to abandon a project and start something new rather than wasting your energy on something that is not going to succeed and it is important you have a group of people that will be honest and tell you this.
Don’t Take It Personally
The important thing to remember when receiving constructive criticism is not to take it personally. It is not meant to be an insult it is being given because they want to help you improve. Definitely take full advantage when someone is giving you advice and ask for specifics and ways that you can improve while you have their attention.
After receiving feedback from someone, follow up with them to show them your progress and get continued tips on how to improve. As entrepreneurs, we never stop learning, growing, and improving. When someone gives you feedback look at is a chance to not only improve but also forge a connection and relationship. They can become your mentor or even someone to look to for advice in the future.
Receiving criticism on a project can be hard but having a trusted group of entrepreneurs and mentors can help you improve on your ideas and skills as well as open your eyes to new possibilities of what your business venture or project can become.