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Artist Dagmawit Tsehaye has responded to the critics

For many of us, anger is frequently our first emotion. Nobody likes hearing that they didn’t do a good job, and some of us will do anything to avoid receiving criticism. However, if you approach it with an open mind, you can use criticism to help you recognize your shortcomings, develop, and become more proficient. You must be able to distinguish between fair and unfair criticism because you will probably react differently to each. Fair criticism is offered in a considerate, helpful, and non-threatening manner. It contains factual statements and emphasizes the need for actions rather than the person accountable for them. After a presentation, for instance, your manager might inform you, “Your slides didn’t work as well as they could have. People would have paid more attention to you if you had spoken more instead of just trying to read your slides if you had less text on them. The next time around, adding more images would also make it more interesting.” Objectivity in criticism presents a chance. Keep an open mind and, when appropriate, be prepared to take responsibility for your actions and work to rectify them. Always be prepared to apologize if the circumstance calls for it. Last but not least, try not to focus too much on any criticism you may receive. Take what advantages you can from it instead, and then move on. Unfair criticism may be expressed in a condescending manner, with generalizations or broad terms, and possibly in front of others who can hear it. But the real indication that criticism is unfair is when it “melts away” when put to the test logically.

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