Enjoy being criticised. WTF! Really?

Enjoy being criticised. WTF! Really?

Seriously man. Stop being so possessive about what you do. Let me explain.. (and excuse the bold words, kinda gone over board)

You do some work, you create something. Hey your feeling accomplished about yourself till, kaboom! The bombshell drops. Your criticised, constructively or not, in this case makes no difference. Think about it this way, in most of cases people are built to criticise. It’s the bitch inside of us that takes over. Expect it and embrace the onslaught.

See my previous post on ‘The art of not complaining like a little bitch’ so you don’t become one of those.

Expecting it alleviates your initial reaction to an extent that you don’t become a possessive monster. Enter your situation with the thought of the questions you would expect aimed at you and remember, not everything we do is perfect, damn most things we do aren’t perfect. Cement that thought in mind and your mental attitude will be charged to accept criticism. Lodge this into your thinking and you won’t see everything as an attack, instead a productive method to improve yourself and your work. As they say ‘expect the worst’ and then prepare for the best.

Start enjoying people.

How could you not enjoy improving and what you do. Lets use me as a lab subject on this matter. I’m a designer, I’m supposed to read my clients minds and create their ideas visually. At times (I hope rarely) I may get this wrong. Looking through my eyes to produce what I see fit as the solution may not in their eyes be the ideal solution. Who’s to say I’m always right, while who is to say they are right, and no the client isn’t always right! But what I know is right, is that I’m ready for their feedback in a way that has the chance to improve my work. Now tell me if improved work doesn’t bring greater satisfaction, and in turn enjoyment in what you do. My oh my…. now thats alright isn’t it.

So whether it’s work, relationships or some passer by. Deflate your ego a little and be ready.

Ok. Anyone seen Mr. Cowell? I’m ready for you!

Jay Karsandas is a freelance designer in web, SEO, print and social media and writes about design, inspiration & philosohy. Also co-founder of gadgets and tech site mwoblog, while you can find him over at e2 community where he acts as author and webmaster.


  1. May 5th, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Never listen to critism… Remember, “It’s better to fail with your own vision rather than following another man’s vision.”

  2. Jay

    May 5th, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Yes I agree follow your own vision but take advice from the masters lesson. Be humble in your greatness The Cris.

  3. Jay

    May 5th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Yes I agree follow your own vision but take advice from the masters lesson. Be humble in your greatness The Cris.

  4. May 5th, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I’m going to have to critisise your grammar.
    You should have wrote “master’s” and not “masters”.
    I’m bloody great, but no big deal, innit!

  5. Jay

    May 5th, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Mr Cris. Excellent point my grammar was truly terrible. Also you may wan’t to look at your first comment which spells the point of the article criticism –> ‘critism’.

    Embrace it.

  6. May 5th, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Ha ha… wads of critisism already!
    Not many blogs have a working example attached.

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