When you enter the arena of ideas, the slings and arrows will come hard and fast.

When you compete in the marketplace, the naysayers will come out of the woodwork, proverbial knives drawn.

So it’s important understand the difference between criticism and feedback.

One is usually reductive, and often destructive in its intent.  

The other is constructive.

I have found that most criticism is projection and says more about the critic than the recipient.

We must be intentional about not conflating criticism with constructive feedback.  

Remember the British saying that “The flak is always heaviest over the target.”