I’m Rubber and You’re Glue, Criticism of Me Bounces Back to You

Posted on September 13, 2012


If you’re going to achieve any level of success in life, you’re going to have to expect some criticism.

If you’re not going to achieve any level of success in life, you’re going to have to expect a lot of criticism.

How you deal with criticism will have a big impact on your life so allow me to share my personal technique for handling criticism:

“Paul, I hate to have to tell you this, but I’ve noticed you don’t take criticism very well.”

“I’m sorry, what?”

“You don’t take criticism well.”

“I still can’t hear you. There must be an echo in here. Can you speak up?”


“Now you’re talking too loud. I’m literally three feet away. My ears are ringing!”

“I said you don’t take criticism well.”

“Who doesn’t?”


“What about me?

“You’re not good at taking criticism.”

“I’m not good at taking criticism? Do you mean I’m not just good at taking criticism, I’m actually great at taking criticism?”

“No. I mean you’re really terrible at taking—”

“Why is this taking so long? Spit it out already!”

“You’re probably the worst—“

“Faster! I don’t have time for this!”

“You’re terrible at taking—“

“I hate to be critical, but you’re really bad at communication. You are probably the worst communicator I know. I don’t know what you were trying to say, but you might as well save it because I would never take seriously the opinion of such a poor, poor communicator.”

What’s that? You don’t like my method of dealing with criticism? I’m sorry but your critique was drowned out by all the praise of my hit blog.

Posted in: Columns