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What do you mean I’m not perfect in every way?!?

“I don’t have to listen to that nonsense!” says my ego every time someone criticizes me.  “They just want to bring me down, they envy my brilliance.  My parents think I’m the most awesome-est person alive.  Yes, that’s how superlative I am.”

Then reason kicks in and asks: “What if they’re right?  What if there really are areas you need to improve?  Shouldn’t you work on those?”

I guess being criticized is not easy for any of us.  But I do believe we should find a healthy balance in being open to other people’s observations and yet immune to them at the same time.  Confusing?  Tell me about it!

To see the rest of this article written by Roberta Barroca, go to the Interpreters Division page of the ATA website here.

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