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Handling Financial Criticism

If you are criticized for your choices on how to spend your money, how should you respond?

Our ability to take criticism can make us or break us. Learning how to handle criticism has been one of the most difficult lessons for me to handle.

Here’s the single most important method to deciphering the difference between constructive criticism and destructive criticism:

  1. In what spirit is it given? Look beyond the worlds and determine the motives.

  2. Why is the criticism given? This question deals with the attitude of the critic. Is the comment coming from a position of truth or jealousy? Does the criticism of spending have any truth to it - as in does this spending jeopardize spending in a necessary area of the four walls of your financial fortress: food, utilities, home or transportation.

Adapted from Become a People Person by John Maxwell.

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