Cruising Through Criticism

Let other people’s judgment of you help you, not hold you back.

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Let other people’s judgment of you help you, not hold you back.  

Let’s be honest: criticism will always be a tough pill to swallow. But there are ways to use it to our advantage. Dr Lissa Rankin, a physician and author of Mind Over Medicine, says that criticism from the people you love allows you to see your blind spots and become a better person. Since they have your best interests at heart, it might do you good to give their suggestions a go. 

If the criticism comes from people you aren't close to, she suggests that you also consider what they’re saying instead of shutting them down. After all, there’s always room for improvement, no matter how amazing you may be. 

But if the criticism really doesn’t have any basis, it could just be that your critics are projecting what they dislike about themselves. In such instances, just shake it off and move on. 

My Reading Room

“My walk can always get better; I hope the unrelated bitterness in [your] heart can too.”

- Gigi Hadid’s response to critics of her runway walk

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“For anyone who feels the need to hate, just know I’m looking at my phone like #girlbye.”