Listening to a critic.
Listening to a critique.
Understanding the difference is very important.
The distinction will tell you if it's a distraction or worth the attention.
A critic likes to share an opinion without all of the information.
They don't know you.
A critique comes from someone who understands your vision.
They are doing life with you.
A critic needs their voice to be out there. It's a power trip on their part, with no need of a response from you. They want attention and don't mind being a distraction to get it. They are playing with partial facts. They'll build a house on half a foundation and try to tell you it'll stand the test of time. Don't buy it. Nothing good will come from it.
A critique comes from a trusted source. The person who offers it is inside your inner circle of trust. You've given them access to your thoughts and they fully understand your vision. You've asked them for their words on your actions so that you have accountability to build something of significance. Buy in. They want the best for you.
1. A healthy culture ignores a critic so they can stay the course.
2. A healthy culture embraces a critique so they can avoid obstacles along the way.
3. Both. Grab onto both, and don't let go.