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Everyone’s got an something to say. Opinions. Criticisms. Feedback. How do you sort through the noise? What is credible? What isn’t?

The first question you’ll need to answer is ‘where is it coming from?’ What are the intentions of the person delivering his/her opinions? Is it to spite you and push their agenda? Or are they well-intentioned? Because if you confuse the two, you just might be missing out on a lot of valuable information.

You may not agree with someone’s opinion, but what if they were right? Would it kill you if you experimented with different tactics or tried implementing a minor tweak to your strategy?

Here’s the thing, criticism is not advice, but you’ll have a hard time telling the difference if you constantly come across defensively. Try being a little more agreeable and a little less combative. Your opinion still may not change, but you might.