Daniel Eric Bowling is the man behind the Smart Tradesmen Mastermind Group.
He created the mastermind group to help entrepreneurs bounce ideas off each other in a safe environment.
Daniel has owned a contracting business as well as an upholstery business in the past, and he wants to help same-minded people get their businesses firing on all cylinders.
In this episode.
In a great article he wrote on his blog, Daniel outlined the importance of being able to listen to outside feedback.
Here’s the 8 Steps for taking constructive criticism like a boss:
- Swallow your pride– Admit that you may not have all the answers to the universe already. Be open to hearing other opinions.
- Don’t take it personally- This is about your business, not about you as a person.
- Consider the source- Most people want to help you. If you have a reason to believe that criticism is being given for other reasons, then you can disregard the advice. Otherwise, refer back to step 2.
- Hear it out- Listen carefully. Details may reveal themselves that you had never considered. Don’t think about excuses or reasons that the advice may not be accurate. Reserve all judgment for after you have listened to the comments of others in full.
- Ask questions-Again, don’t be defensive. If there’s things that need clarification, then ask for more details.
- Reflect and follow up- It’s ok to feel a little beat up- but only allow your self a very short time for the pity party. I give myself a five minute timer. After that, I go to step 7.
- Own it- Put on your grown-up pants and be responsible for the past. You had your reasons for doing what you had been doing. Now, you have a new perspective. What are you going to do next?
- Move Forward- Let go of the past, and use what you’ve learned to plot a new course of action. Just as you need to own your past actions, only you can take responsibility for what changes you make. Just be sure to make changes for the better.
To get in touch with Daniel:
visit him at danielericbowling.com
or tweet him @danielebowling