How Criticism Can Help You Grow

Criticism is one of the necessary evil every business owner must face in order to be successful. As a member of the pet industry, you can’t really escape criticism. Most times it may seem like the critic is trying to tear your business (which may actually be true) and sometimes the criticism may hit right on the spot of what you as an owner also see as a shortcoming of your pet company.

Nevertheless, you must find a way to turn criticism to your advantage in order to boost the growth of your business. Here are a few strategies you can employ to turn criticism to growth.

Accept That You Can’t Actually Control the World

As much as we try to be in control of everything, the truth is we are not.

This saying hits right on the spot of this issue, “Life is what happens when you are busy making plans.” You can plan for every outcome, you can work super hard and cover all of your bases, but the truth is you can never know exactly what is going to happen. I am not saying do not plan, but keep in mind that things may not go as planned and calculate that in your planning.

Be The Best You Can

After understanding you don’t have control over all things, the important question now is what to do. As a pet business owner, the best thing to do is to make the most of whatever you have.

The fact is that it is the main thing you can truly control. You need to look inside and bring out to find the greatest version of yourself. You need to be confident enough to progress no matter how strong the adversity at your back is.

Turn The Negativity Into Inspiration

This particular point requires an example. A critic once wrote something about me and my business, which were totally false. I was actually accused of various things ranging from unsanitary environment, discrimination, to bad management.

All of that was completely untrue. I was raised in a family where I was taught to respect everyone according to how I want to be respected. I see myself as extremely progressive and everyone I’ve worked with/for knows I only judge people based on hard work, merit and decency.

The notion that someone would ever question my ethics only makes me more motivated to showcase who I am to the world.

Your Reputation is Most Important

One of the best pieces of advice I ever received is to never do anything you wouldn’t want to see in the newspaper the next day.

The advice has stayed with me and become a part of who I am as a businessman and a person. The way I protect my reputation is by simply being myself. Again, I do not make the best decisions 100 percent of the time, but I make moves in good conscience and with the values I have learned throughout my career at the forefront of my mind.

The truth is, more likely than not, that the more you grow the more people will hate on you. I guess the best advice I can give is to have an attitude of “bring it on.”