Everyone has room to improve, and you’re going to find that out in college pretty quickly since it’s easy to make mistakes in a new setting.
Fortunately, you have years to learn how to deal with mistakes and even learn from them. This talent will serve you well both in college and after you graduate and get your first job.
Here are some great ways to help you learn to how handle constructive criticism.
Be Open to Making Improvements
Whether you’re starting your undergraduate years in college or going into graduate school, you should go in with an open mind. After all, you’re going to school to learn, not just show off what you already know.
When you arrive in school or at a new job with a humble attitude, you will be better received than if you walk in acting like you know it all.
Even when you are humble, you can still expect criticism when you make mistakes, but at least you are ready to learn. Dealing with mistakes in this way makes you less likely to make the same error in the future.
Ask for Help
When you make mistakes at work or school, you should ask your supervisor or professor for help. Not only will this allow you to learn for next time, but it will create a good impression on the person you ask. After all, many people like being asked to share their expertise.
For example, if you get a bad grade on a test, you should contact your professor during office hours to go over the concepts you do not understand.
Even if your professor is not known for being helpful, or claims to not have time to teach you individually, he or she will know you care about your grade. This way of dealing with mistakes in school is often enough to convince teachers to direct you toward the resources you need, which may include tutoring.
Move Forward When You Make Mistakes
Though part of dealing with mistakes includes learning from them, you should also know how to move on afterward. There is no sense in dwelling on your errors from the past. Instead, take what you have learned and apply it in the future, knowing you have a much smaller chance of making the same mistake.
That’s where seeing the mistake as an opportunity to grow will come in handy, since this method even puts the error in a positive light so you can quickly move on.
When you see criticism as an insult, though, you can become defensive and even unable to get over it. The negative attitude will start to affect your future, which is a sign you are not dealing with mistakes in a healthy way.
If you truly want to impress professors and bosses alike, you should remember that mistakes are a part of life. How you handle them is what really matters!
How have you learned from your mistakes?