Even the most modest people can suffer from their ego being damaged as a result of criticism and  I can’t deny it was difficult to keep my ego in check when receiving criticism in the past. What helped me was remembering a few key things which reminded me that being defensive is often counter-productive. Please do bear in mind that being defensive is quite different to standing up for yourself, which I will go into in more depth later – please see below for a list of my ‘reminders’ that helped me receive criticism better.


  • I am not perfect
  • I make mistakes
  • I can admit to my mistakes without it being equal to a failure
  • I can learn from my mistakes and become better for it
  • Whoever is criticizing me may be able to offer insights into ways by which I can develop and grow
  • It is important to keep an open mind to different opinions to my own