I’m self-critical and now they say it’s a good thing?!

We’ve all heard the remark, “You are your own worst critic.” It’s often directed at nitpickers and perfectionists. But if you’re striving for success, being self-critical can be a good thing, so says a major headhunter.

Krisi Rossi O’Donnell, chief recruiting officer at Chicago-based recruiting firm LaSalle Network, says being self-critical can actually help someone achieve their goals. Inc.com contributor Mindy Zetlin draws on O’Donnell’s observations in a recent post:

You’re always getting better. You’re not happy with your current situation or yourself, so you are continually working on ways to improve.
You listen to others. Because you always want to improve, O’Donnell explains, you constantly seek feedback and hear other people’s suggestions.
You’re self-aware. You know what areas of your life need improvement.
Your ego never runs away with you. Always “questioning your processes keeps you from developing an ego,” O’Donnell says.

Zetlin summarizes a few more of O’Donnell’s points here, and she pulled out one example that I particularly liked.

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