Are we ready to accept that the fact that no one is ready to be on the receiving end for complaints/ criticism?

 And so how do we handle the knowledge that none of us are perfect and criticism is very hard to swallow?

It’s even more difficult when there are true criticisms. It is very normal to make mistakes and when it is made, arguments arise. In continuation to that, Complaints, be it a legitimate/ exaggerated one, they get stuck day after day and make us unhappy.

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Actually, there are two basic facts about mistakes

    1. We make mistakes
    2. We become happier to point out other’s mistakes

While the above two are usual, why do we feel bad while others point out the same in us? We all get tensed when the finger of responsibility is pointed at us. The core baseline for this kind of upset is EGO. Nothing stings like ego when we are blamed that we have made a bad decision or poor performance.

So, with a little exercise, we can handle all the three factors with a few time-tested techniques based on human psychology.

This is like juggling balls in air. We need to understand that it is not always easy to keep all balls in-flight. After repeated practice, this particular juggling act can be mastered by anyone.

Top 5 ways to handle mistakes, complaints & criticisms:


1. Admit our own mistakes:

  • We must be open to receive advice/constructive criticism.
  • Must register in mind the sentence “mistakes are a natural part of life” again and again.

A person who is responsible and accountable for his or her own mistakes becomes actual leader. Having the courage to admit mistakes encouraging creativity and the ability to take risks.

2. We need to think twice before we criticize /blame others:

  • For example, If the person who made the mistake is already aware of how, why and what has to be done then nothing at all needs to be said.
  • In this case, there’s no point in making people feel inferior than they already do.

One has to ask self, what is that I am trying to accomplish here?

The real goal is to improve the situation. We need to create effective action that makes the place better to live. Instead talking about who was wrong or what’s to blame is not we are supposed to focus on.

3. We need to stay calm & hold the opportunity

4. We need to open up both perspectives (both positive & negative) & move on courteously

5. We must be ready to hear feedback differently & should never forget that—it’s just not about self.


People who really accept criticism in a best way are the people who genuinely shows interest in self- improvement. They are the ones who actually goes for the extra mile and connect with constructive criticism.

One of the advantages of the Japanese is their notion of treasuring errors.

They consider the discovery of error or mistake as a treasure because it’s a key toward further improvement.