Trigger Warning

If you call me “arrogant” I will almost certainly shrivel up and melt away. It’s my trigger for self doubt and even shame. I’m not sure why, but nothing throws a wrench in my spokes the way that particular criticism does.

I know that now, which puts me in a much better position to do effective, meaningful work than when I didn’t know it and was only controlled by it. Now I undertake certain kinds of work prepared for that charge, and, if it comes, it doesn’t stop me the way it used to.

What criticism shuts you down? Be ready for it, and do the work you need to do.