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Constructive Criticism – a Surefire Way of Helping You to Success



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Ever wondered if there’s a recipe for success?

I’ve always been strongly motivated. I attribute most of my success and accomplishments to constructive criticism. It’s part of the learning process.

When I look at all the positive influences in my life – men and women who reached astronomical heights that most mortals only dream of, I realize they all had several things in common.


The Key Ingredient to the Recipe for Success

They were motivated, believed in themselves, and worked diligently to make sure that they would reach their goals. But the ONE key ingredient that propelled them to grow and become great as opposed to good, was constructive criticism.

Bruce Lee was the master of the martial arts. He didn’t get there instantly though. There was much trial and error involved.

Lee was obsessed with perfection. So with an open mind, he studied all martial arts. He kept the best aspects of the arts and discarded what he considered useless.  In doing so, Lee created his own art of Jeet Kune Do. It’s astonishing to think his revolutionary martial art was the sum result of criticism.

He wasn’t very popular for being so critical. But if he hadn’t been, he never would have achieved the immortal greatness he’s now synonymous with.


Constructive Criticism: Way to Grow

As a martial artist, if my techniques, the way I trained and my physical conditioning were not criticized, I wouldn’t have gotten as far as I did. Looking back, if I had paid more attention to the criticism, I would have gone a lot farther a lot faster.


Receiving Criticism: Let Go of Ego

It’s natural to be defensive at first. Ego can get in the way and it’s tough to let it go. I always think of the “go” in ego as a reminder to let go. Tripping over our own ego hinders progress. Ego is NOT a recipe for success.

When we let go of our ego, magic unfolds because we allow criticism to come in and fix whatever it is that’s preventing our progress. The sense of liberation and realization you feel once you’ve corrected your mistakes is an exceptionally blissful feeling.

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Without Criticism, You’ll Get Stuck

Criticism may be tough to take, but to avoid it in any endeavor is detrimental.

Those who don’t grow are ultimately those who are stuck in their ways because they refuse to acknowledge their weaknesses. Weakness can only be turned into strength once it’s realized. This is why some people progress faster than others.

People don’t become champions just by thinking about it. They know they have weaknesses. Once they welcome criticism from themselves and from others who are better in their field than they are, only then do they grow and become better.


Actively Seek Professional Criticism

Creatively, as self critical as one can be, it’s nowhere near enough. It’s because you need another set of respectful critical eyes to help you make whatever masterpiece you have even better.

Using martial arts again as an example, I remember whenever we were graded and received our next belt it was always an ego boost. We all felt a sense of achievement. It felt magnificent to spar with students who were yellow belts and green belts to help them get better.

Now in order for us to become better, we were encouraged to spar with experienced black belts who would definitely put us in our place. It was brutal and we were constantly criticized. There’s nothing quite like acknowledging criticism if it means not getting hit!

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Actively seek professional criticism. Whether you’re a dancer, singer, comedian, artist, Formula 1 driver, or athlete – always ask advice from those who are successful in their field. Know they got there because they welcomed criticism. They understand that this is an essential recipe for success.


Learn More about Yourself

I wrote a screenplay I believed was my “masterpiece” and felt as though it was ready to be shown to the masses. Boy, was I wrong!

It wasn’t until I had experienced how successful writers cast their magical spell of criticism upon it that it got better and resembled nothing like the “masterpiece” I thought it was in the beginning. Indeed, one does not write – one rewrites.

The result? I was able to get a distribution deal from a reputable company based on what they said was “the strength of the script.” This would NOT have been possible without all of those who helped criticize my work constructively from the beginning.


Constructive Criticism: It’s the Only Recipe for Success

Constructive criticism has always been – and will continue – to be necessary for the process of evolution. If you learn to determine it and accept it from people whom you respect, you will be on your way to success.

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3 small steps that could make the biggest impact on your life



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“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”Lao Tzu

Every day that passes by, there is someone who is living a life that does not fuel their passion or purpose. Each moment feels like they are just existing or living life by accident. This could be due to fear of change, or limiting beliefs within them that say “you’re not worthy” or “I don’t deserve to be successful”.

It could be a number of things. Believe it or not, I used to be this person. I was stuck in a 9-5 job, in a 7-year relationship that was emotionally draining, and I was 75 lbs. overweight.

Then came that ONE day that would forever change my life. I remember it as if it were yesterday. I looked at myself in the mirror and saw what I had become. I didn’t recognize myself. I immediately burst into tears. This was NOT the life I wanted to live. I had neglected the most important person in my world: ME. 

It was then that I had to make an important choice. I decided to take the first step towards creating the life I would often dream about. That very next day, I promised myself that I would do just one thing that made me feel more connected to the goals I wanted to accomplish.

Not two or three. Just one. It didn’t matter how small it was. The point was it was a small step in the RIGHT direction. This has led me to the level of success that I am at today.

Here are three small steps that will help you make that same important decision and transform your life.


3 Small Steps That Could Make a Big Impact In Your Life

1.) Have a heart to heart with yourself.

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Take time to get away from people, places, or things, and just spend some time with yourself. In order to truly make any step towards the success you desire, you must have a great sense of self-awareness.

What is it that you want to accomplish and why? What truly makes you happy? What are you passionate about? How will accomplishing this change your life? How would it make you feel?

Be completely honest with yourself, your thoughts, and your intentions. Having these questions in front of you will keep you from going around in circles. They will give you more clarity and vision that should help you determine which small steps you need to take.

As a result, instead of being frustrated or reluctant to leave your comfort zone, you will be more confident now that you have a plan in place.


2.) Do ONE thing everyday that is connected to your goals.

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Always remember that you don’t have to always make massive amounts of progress at one time. The important thing is that you are continuously moving in the right direction. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day. It took consistent daily, focused action. Over time, it became one of the most celebrated cities on the planet.

We live in a world that is bombarded with messages of instant gratification. But the truth is, any level of success is the result of a daily routine of the right things done for a certain period of time. That time can vary from days, weeks, months, or even years.

However, throughout the journey, you can see that you are moving closer and closer towards your ultimate goals. Do not underestimate the power of small steps. You will find yourself accomplishing things you never thought possible (and sooner than you anticipated).


3.) Do not measure your level of success by comparing yourself to others.

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Success means something different for everyone. You must not become fixated on what media or entertainment portrays as successful. A fulfilling life is more than material possessions. Understand that you can only live the greatest life possible when you have defined what success is to you.

As you begin taking small steps and making progress, focus only on what your desired goals are. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by what others are saying, doing, or what they believe success should look like. Too often, we get caught up in what society, current trends, and what the masses portray as “I’ve made it”.

This is your life. Only YOU can determine what accomplishment, achievement, and true success means to you. In fact, one of the reasons why you may be in the position you are in is because you designed your life based on the thoughts and opinions of others. This was my case years ago.



You deserve to be great. You have greatness within you. Sometimes, that can be clouded by limiting beliefs, adversity, or just the many circumstances in life. Think about everything that has happened in your life right up until the point you are reading this article.

I want you to know that everything that happened before NO LONGER MATTERS. What matters now is that today, you have the knowledge of who you are and where you want to go. The ability to change your life is within your grasp and your power.

Today, you have the chance to begin a journey that leads to some amazing and incredible years ahead. The best part about it is that you only need to take small steps in the right direction. So take action now – your dreams are waiting for you!

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Couple Entrepreneurs: How to Make It Happen With Your Partner



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Have you always dreamed of having success as an entrepreneur? Thoughts of working for yourself, doing things you’re passionate about, and not worrying about working for someone else may linger in your mind most of the time. If you’re married, there is a chance that your partner has some of the same goals, and that means the two of you could eventually become a pair of successful entrepreneurs who motivate one another, continually work hard, and reach all kinds of goals that will get you both further in life.


How to Make It Work


Although you may like the idea of becoming a successful entrepreneur while your partner does the same, it’s not uncommon to have some concerns about the situation. You may worry that you’re both going to take on too much and not have enough time for one another, but that isn’t always the case. It’s all about prioritizing work, setting a schedule, and being there to support one another through the ups and downs that will eventually occur.


Before working together to achieve goals, sit down and have a full conversation about the goals you’d like to achieve and the role you’ll each take on. Both of you will need to come to an agreement to keep work and the relationship separately while being respectful to one another. You can’t expect to have success with your partner if neither of you are respecting one another or collectively sharing ideas. You’ll need to focus on communication and compromising at times to make things work on a long-term basis.


Prime Examples of Successful Entrepreneur Couples


If you’re in need of motivation and encouragement because you’re not sure how to get your start in a specific industry with your partner, it may be best for you to learn a bit more about some of the successful entrepreneur couples out there. These couples work hard to achieve their goals and they support one another in various business ventures. They put forth the effort that is required of them to consistently achieve their goals.


Chris Sacca is a successful billionaire who once was fired from a job as a lawyer and then moved on to Google where had more opportunities to learn, invest, and become the success he is today. He is now the owner of a successful venture capital fund, known as Lowercase Capital. Although he’s had much success in his career, Chris Sacca’s wife, Crystal English Sacca, is a successful entrepreneur in her own right. She’s spent most of her career creating compelling and engaging commercials as well as digital advertisements for various companies. She’s worked for several of the most popular brands, including Sprint and HBO. In addition to these accomplishments, she works as an art director. While these two individuals aren’t doing the same things, they’re a married couple supporting one another while they each work hard to achieve their own personal goals.


In addition to Chris Sacca and his wife, Stewart and Lynda Resnick are another good example of a successful entrepreneur power couple. They currently have a net worth of 3.9 billion dollars. So, what is it that they’re selling? There is a good chance you’ve consumed at least one of the many products they own and distribute, such as Fiji Water or Halos oranges. The pair met when Lynda started her own ad agency and was assisting Stewart with a project for the business he was running at that time. Over time, they started working collectively together to invest and sell assorted products to the public, many of which are naturally good for human consumption.


Do What You Love and Respect One Another


There are plenty of entrepreneur couples out there. Some are just getting started while others have been in business for decades and continue to achieve a high level of success. Although you may be focused on figuring out your passion and what you want to do to get further in life while making a decent income, it’s important to understand that it’s possible for you to achieve the same level of success as some of these people who are earning millions of dollars each year. Most people don’t become a success overnight but figuring out what you want to do and how you’re going to make it happen is a great way to get started.


In addition to figuring out what you’d love to do for the rest of your life, you’ll need to remember to always respect your partner throughout the process. The thing about these successful couples is that they’re willing to provide support and guidance, they know how to communicate, and they believe in one another. If you don’t have respect, trust, and support in the relationship, it’s going to be difficult to have success as entrepreneurs together.


If you’ve always dreamed of running your own business with your partner by your side, it’s not a dream that is too farfetched. In fact, there are lots of successful couples that are working hard, reaching goals, and living the life they’ve always dreamed of having.

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