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Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.
-- Margaret Cousins


Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Thankful for your critics

If no one is willing or able to call you out when you are mistaken, that’s a problem. You avoid or ignore criticism at your peril.

There’s a reason why powerful kings of old had jesters. There’s a reason why so many cocooned celebrities have lives that end in tragedy.

If you’re able to make small mistakes with impunity, that leads you to make bigger and bigger mistakes. Eventually that can reach a level of depravity and destruction from which you have no escape.

Be thankful for your critics. Be mindful of what they say to you.

You cannot grow stronger if you are shielded from the consequences of your behavior. Whether your critics have your interest at heart or not, it’s in your interest to pay attention to them.

Take full advantage of the early warning system that your critics provide. See how their challenges, their objections, and their questions can all point toward your own improvement.

— Ralph Marston

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