How do you determine whether you are receiving criticism or advice?
There are a few factors involved in this process and the first one starts with your own mindset.
If you mindset is closed to ideas, what you hear will always be criticism. When your mindset is open to criticism, you will be open to hear advice. I include this statement in my overarching theory that you should have a growth mindset as when you do it allows for constant learning and sharing of ideas.
Another factor to bear in mind is who the comment is coming from. Are they someone who is constantly finding fault and only provides a problem, never a solution? In this case it is probably criticism that you are receiving. If, on the other hand, this is someone that you trust, someone who always has your back and provides solutions rather than problems, you are probably receiving advice.
The moral - maintain a growth mindset, associate with the right people and be open to criticism.
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