One of my biggest weaknesses as an entrepreneur, dad, and husband (and there are many!) is that I suck at taking criticism. I mean really, really suck. Even when I ask for feedback, help, and opinions, when I get them and they are contradictory to how I see the world or have decided something should be, I don’t know why, but I have internal patriot missile that wants to launch a nuclear mega shock-and-awe attack the incoming offender and lock down the hatches.
I’m taking a risk with this post and letting you know that I will delete your comments if you tell me you don’t like it. (grin) Yes, you can see that I put myself in places where criticism is less likely to occur (entrepreneurship in general is this way), but I know I’m doing myself a disservice by not being more open to this feedback.
The value of productive criticism from people you trust is huge. As my (very) old wise uncle said to me in an e-mail once (after I lashed out at him for criticizing something I posted on this blog): — “there is a danger that if you can’t adapt after receiving criticism that people will stop telling you anything if there is a hint of negativity (or if they think you would interpret it as negativity)… and there are consequences to this happening.”
I agree. There, I admit it publicly. Now please be gentle.