HCI Thought for the Day September 11, 2014 Resisting Criticism and Objections

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HCI Thought for the Day September 10, 2014 Resisting Criticism and Objections

“Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.” Winston Churchill (thanks to brainyquote.com)

“You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.” John Wooden (thanks to brainyquote.com)

“The freedom to criticize judges and other public officials is necessary to a vibrant democracy. The problem comes when healthy criticism is replaced with more destructive intimidation and sanctions.” Sandra Day O’Connor (thanks to brainyquote.com)

criticCriticism can be helpful but too often, it is harmful and should be resisted. If you try to overcome every objection in life, nothing will ever happen.

When I was in industry, an engineering manager who reported to me had a sign over his desk to that effect. We always had objections to new projects. We did not let them stop us from moving forward. We adjusted for reasonable objections and dump the silly ones.

artistI have two paintings I’ve been working on. I don’t like either one of them. I’ve been thought this before and if I don’t give in to my own objections, I will get things the way I want them. You can always paint over or scrap off paint. Well, there are times when it is just better to start over. But don’t let your objections stop you.

So we can be hindered by others or we can be hindered by outselves. It is up to us to correct, resist, and move on.



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