Taking the Good with the Bad

The trouble with most of us is that we’d rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism

I honestly can’t remember where I found this quote. But I love it. I have it stuck to my monitor on a post-it note.

I think it’s difficult moving from school to “the real world”. In school, your over achieving efforts are recognized, you’re praised with an A and receive assurance fairly often that your work is up to par, if not beyond.

In the so-called, “real world”, you (generally) don’t get that constant reinforcement that your efforts are well spent. You do a good job and it’s expected… not always rewarded.

Entering my second year in the real world, I’m learning that it’s the constructive criticism I receive about my work that is actually the most beneficial. It isn’t my boss’ responsibility to pat me on the back everytime I do well on a project. Isn’t that why she hired me? To do well on a project? Sure, it’s important to be reminded from time to time that you’re on track and your great work is being noticed, but it’s the criticism that truly makes the difference.

Without the criticism, we can’t improve. My writing skills would never be at the level they are now had I not been the victim of track changes and red marks provided by my superiors. I would also be stuck doing only the basics in Excel, had I not taken the suggestions of my coworkers.

Bottom line, you have to take the good with the bad. And when you take the bad, you need to know the proper way to take it. How can you turn it into something good? In what way will the criticism make you a better employee.. or friend.

What are some ways criticism has helped you on the job force or in life?


2 responses to “Taking the Good with the Bad

  1. Allie
    This article is terrible.
    Just kidding.
    I am just trying out that criticism thing.

  2. That quote is awesome!!! This is a great topic. A friend told me that she doesn’t read a lot of blogs because the readers tend to always agree with the author. I think that’s true for a lot of blogs and the inability to take criticism (or moderate criticism in you comments section well) is an issue. Some commenters can be rude, but handling different types of criticism is a skill that can diffuse those sorts of situations.

    I work in politics so you’re constantly criticized whether you deserve it or not. I’m also hypercritical of others and myself. Even still I have to remind myself to embrace being critiqued and to take 5 minutes and think before criticizing someone else. Criticism should be taken and given in the right way.

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