1. Does this person have a life I would want for myself?
2. Do they have high emotional well-being?
Dealing with criticism positively is an important life skill.
At some point in your life you will be criticized, perhaps in a professional way. Sometimes it will be difficult to accept – but that all depends on your reaction.
You can either use criticism in a positive way to improve, or in a negative way that can lower your self-esteem and cause stress, anger or even aggression.
It doesn’t matter how you choose to live your life — whether you build a business or work a corporate job; have children or choose not to have children; travel the world or live in the same town all of your life; go to the gym 5 times a week or sit on the couch every night — whatever you do, someone will judge you for it.
For one reason or another, someone will find a reason to project their insecurities, their negativity, and their fears onto you and your life, and you’ll have to deal with it.
Criticism doesn’t need to be painful. Nobody enjoys getting criticized, but the truth is, we all need criticism.
“Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”