We tend to depend on feedback to decide whether an idea is valid or whether it should be tossed aside. Over time, I have learned that negative feedback is considered to be criticism. There is even a special name for it. It is called "constructive criticism", but what does that actually mean? Criticism is not constructive unless you know how to use feedback to build on your success. Gathering both positive and negative feedback is indeed an important part of forming ideas, both in business and in every day life. It should not be confused with validation.
I've trained myself to abstain from replying to the feedback of others. It doesn't matter whether I hear it, or read it. I collect this information in order to use feedback. I analyze it, and put the results into action.
How to Use Feedback ConstructivelyAsk yourself:
- Why did I ask for feedback (not sure, different views, spot checking, opinions)?
- What can I accomplish with it?