People who can’t take constructive criticism are not interested in the truth, they are only interested in protecting their ego and that’s a dangerous place to be. Eventually, reality will force you to see the truth and take it seriously. Pride comes before a fall is an ancient saying for a reason. Sometimes it’s not pride though, many times it’s simply fear. Fear of imperfection which is a result of failing to work on one’s own self. When you’re working on yourself you know how imperfect you are because you’re reminded of it on a daily basis. However, you’re also very aware that your imperfection is a passing state because you’re seeing yourself getting better. People who are afraid to face their imperfections stunt their own growth and it’s one of the greatest tragedies of life.

The reality of this game is that if you want to grow you must start by facing your own imperfections. This will help you build a self-concept that will be strong enough to accept constructive criticism (which is the information you need). When you do not have a strong self-concept the criticism no matter how constructive hurts because it directly impacts your personal identity and that is why people feel the need to defend, explain and attack in these scenarios. People with self-confidence are able to accept feedback because they know their results even if they are not good are not who they are. They know who they are and they know they can achieve better results and therefore they appreciate the feedback. The stronger your personal identity is from a genuine place of confidence/experience the faster you grow because your ability to look reality in the face and change and evolve is increased.

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