5 Ways to Navigate Feedback

Self-judgment and external criticism are two inevitable factors that you will run into on your entrepreneurial journey. Here is a checklist of 5 things you can do if they are getting too overwhelming.




1. Be On Offense, not Defense

  • Actively seek out feedback from specific people

  • Find believable people, ones who have a good track record with their advice

  • Ask these people with high believability to not sugarcoat their feedback, so that you get the real truth




2. Tell self-Destructive voices to go away

  • Every time these voices come up, say "Hey, we don't do that anymore."

  • This might not eradicate them, but it will stop the spiral of negative thoughts




3. Find the root of your self-criticisms

  • A lot of the time, our self-criticism are not ours, but actually inherited from family members

  • Figure out where you inherited these thoughts from




4. Befriend the one critic who matters

  • There are going to be so many critics that come at you during your journey

  • The only critic that matters is the one in your head

  • Make peace with yourself as a critic, and find a balance so you aren't too hard on yourself




5. Don't accept every compliment and criticism

  • When you internalize all compliments, you then give the compliment giver the same authority to determine your worth from criticisms

  • There's no need to internalize all compliments from others. By not doing so, it will help you to not internalize all the negative criticism as well





Keep in mind:

"If you are asking someone more successful than you for feedback, and you argue with them, they will never give you honest feedback again."




This post is in relation to Alex Banayan's Third Door Mentor Sessions.

Topic for Wednesday 6/10: Dealing with Family Expectations

You can find posts on past mentor sessions, as well as sign up to get weekly recaps here.

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