“Feedback is the breakfast of champions.”- Ken Blanchard
I had an interesting experience the other day while teaching at the Aikido dojo I train at. One of the other black belt teachers approached me and complimented me on a specific technique that I had demonstrated for the group. He commented that he had done the same technique and by watching me, I helped him improve by focusing on one small difference between what I do and what he does.
I then asked him to show me the difference. When he did, I was surprised because I had not really given much thought to this small difference between our styles. Yet at the end of the class I realized that this one differentiation in my technique is valuable to highlight when teaching students.
How does this apply to you and your situation?
All successful people sometimes don’t know exactly how they got to be successful unless an observer from the outside watches them. Having this outside observer can provide valuable feedback to you. Feedback is like a double-edged sword. It can help or it can hurt. The difference is in the mindset of the person receiving the feedback. Think of this when you receive or seek feedback from others during the coming week.
Being open to feedback is worth millions.
Being closed minded to feedback will cost you millions.
Asking for help is a sign of inner strength.
Not asking for help is a sure fire way to taking 4 times longer to accomplish something.
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