If you are creating something worth talking about, chances are you are not receiving the amount of positive feedback you think you deserve. On the contrary, the interactions which come to you from the people around you, might often appear in the form of criticism.
Criticism is not always bad. Sometimes people care so much about what it is you are offering them that they point out not only things that are working but also the things that are not.
It takes a lot of guts to stand up and say "you can do better than this" or "this is broken" but when you hear this sometimes, instead of taking a defensive stance and yelling "I had no choice" or "it's your fault you don't get it", maybe it's worth responding with "thank you for giving me a second chance."
And then the miracle might happen when a previously angry person will answer "thank you for letting me give you a second chance."
All feedback can be a positive feedback, if we want to.
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Drs. Vidas Pinkevicius and Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene
Organists of Vilnius University , creators of Secrets of Organ Playing.
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