An important part of recovering from your mistakes is to stay humble and avoid becoming defensive when someone points them out to you.
For most people, taking professional criticism personally is a natural reaction. However, you’ll come across as unprofessional—or even a hothead—if you become angry every time someone corrects you.
Use these strategies to avoid going on the defensive:
- Be gracious. The person is taking time to make you a better employee.
- Stop needing to be right. Everyone makes mistakes. Don’t let a few missteps make you feel like a failure.
- Learn something. There is a lesson in every success and failure.
— Adapted from “Dealing With Difficult People,” Tina Su, Clarity and Happiness blog, Think Simple Now, www.thinksimplenow.com.