Handling Criticism

Hillary Clinton's advice to young women works just as well for older ones.


April 12, 2014

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  • We all dislike criticism, and learning how to deal with it can be a lifelong uphill battle.  Our lovely female sensitivity may be to blame:  studies show that we are more adept than men at reading emotions, making us more likely than the average male to perceive subtle criticism from others. That's why we loved reading this excerpt from Hillary Clinton's speech at the recent Women in the World Summit: “Too many young women I think are harder on themselves than circumstances warrant. They are too often selling themselves short. They too often take criticism personally instead of seriously. You should take criticism seriously because you might learn something, but you can’t let it crush you. You have to be resilient enough to keep moving forward, whatever the personal setbacks and even insults that come your way might be. That takes a sense of humor about yourself and others.Believe me, this is hard-won advice I’m putting forth. It’s not like you wake up and understand this. It’s a process.” Great advice on handling criticism - no matter what your age.  To read more highlights from Clinton's speech, click here.