I’ve been working with Kelly McCausey as her intern for almost six months now and learned a great deal in this time. Kelly doesn’t mince words so when I do something that’s not up to her standards or just plain wrong, I hear about it.
Some may think this would be hard to take and sometimes I do get my feelings hurt but I wouldn’t want it any other way. The honesty she provides helps me to grow in ways that I could never have done without her.
I’ve gone from being critiqued to critiquing others. For the past 6 weeks I’ve been working with Kelly’s newest blog interns for Moms Talk Network and Sparkplugging. Its part of my master level internship to evaluate and critique the interns’ blog posts for each assignment. This has been hard for me because I tend to be a people pleaser, don’t like conflict and want everybody to be happy.
I have discovered though, if I were to let someone pass with a less than great post I would be doing them a disservice. Working through the hard critiques doesn’t mean that I’m insensitive but I do need to share what’s wrong, why and possible ways to correct the problem.
Helping these aspiring bloggers has helped me gain more confidence in my own abilities and it feels GREAT!
Being able to accept constructive feedback depends on how open you are and if you truly want to grow. If you are able to learn from each critique no matter how frustrating or hurtful it may seem at the time you will benefit from it. Believe me, I’ve had my share of unflattering critiques too.
Consider the Source
There are many people out there that will give you their opinion about whatever you do. Just remember you must be able to distinguish between the ones that want to hinder your progress and the ones that want you to excel.
Don’t give up! Whatever it is you want to do, don’t let anyone deter you. It’s important to evaluate the feedback you’re receiving and apply as needed. I hope that the interns we’re working with will look back on this time as a great learning experience and making lasting friendships. I know I do.
Please share something you’ve learned from constructive feedback.