The ego can be tricky. It can provide confidence and drive, pushing us to pursue goals and dreams in the multifamily space. It can also get in the way of growth and development, especially when hearing and accepting constructive criticism.
The Downside of Ego
When our ego is strong, we may find it difficult to hear feedback challenging our beliefs or actions. We might see criticism as a personal attack or threat to our sense of self. This can lead to several problems, including:
- Difficulty learning from mistakes: If we can’t accept criticism, we may struggle to learn from our mistakes. We might continue to repeat the same errors rather than take the opportunity to improve and grow.
- Poor relationships: Ego can also cause tension and conflict in our relationships. If we can’t handle criticism gracefully, we may come across as arrogant or inflexible, damaging our connections with others.
- Limited personal growth: The biggest downside of ego when hearing constructive criticism is that it can limit our growth. If we can accept feedback and use it to learn and improve, we’ll be able to reach our full potential.
Embracing the Ego
So how can we overcome the ego and embrace constructive criticism? Here are a few tips:
- Practice gratitude: When we receive criticism, it’s natural to feel defensive or upset. Instead of reacting negatively, try to shift your focus to gratitude. Please recognize that the person offering the criticism cares enough about you to take the time to provide their perspective.
- Seek feedback regularly: The more we practice hearing and accepting criticism, the easier it becomes. Make a habit of regularly seeking feedback from trusted sources, whether a mentor, friend or colleague.
- Reflect on the feedback: After receiving criticism, take some time to think about it. What can you learn from the feedback? Is there truth to it? How can you use the criticism to improve?
About Mike Brewer
My mission is to tease out the human potential in the multifamily space.