I’m self-critical and now they say it’s a good thing?!?!
WeÃ¢ÂÂve all heard the remark, Ã¢ÂÂYou are your own worst critic.Ã¢ÂÂ ItÃ¢ÂÂs often directed at nitpickers and perfectionists. But if youÃ¢ÂÂre striving for success, being self-critical can be a good thing, so says a major headhunter.
Krisi Rossi OÃ¢ÂÂDonnell, chief recruiting officer at Chicago-based recruiting firm LaSalle Network, says being self-critical can actually help someone achieve their goals. Inc.com contributor Mindy Zetlin draws on OÃ¢ÂÂDonnellÃ¢ÂÂs observations in a recent post:
- YouÃ¢ÂÂre always getting better. YouÃ¢ÂÂre not happy with your current situation or yourself, so you are continually working on ways to improve.
- You listen to others. Because you always want to improve, OÃ¢ÂÂDonnell explains, you constantly seek feedback and hear other peopleÃ¢ÂÂs suggestions.
- YouÃ¢ÂÂre self-aware. You know what areas of your life need improvement.
- Your ego never runs away with you. Always Ã¢ÂÂquestioning your processes keeps you from developing an ego,Ã¢ÂÂ OÃ¢ÂÂDonnell says.
Zetlin summarizes a few more of OÃ¢ÂÂDonnellÃ¢ÂÂs points here, and she pulled out one example that I particularly liked.
OÃ¢ÂÂDonnell says being self-critical is Ã¢ÂÂabout learning all of the options available to you so you donÃ¢ÂÂt only default to one way of doing things or one way of thinking.Ã¢ÂÂ Meaning, when you make a decision, even if it results in failure, you can still be pleased with the effort because you gave it your best.Â We donÃ¢ÂÂt rest on our laurels at NAFCU; we are always pushing one another to do better, with support and accountability.
Let me know if you consider yourself as self-critical, and is it really a good thing or is this headhunter full of hot airÃ¢ÂÂ¦ email@example.com
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