How Hard Truths Lead to Progress

Being open to hearing the truth is hard, but here’s why you should value it…

I’ve invested something like 400 hours in content writing. Just over the past couple years. A good portion of that was with help from my highly experienced editor, Nancy. 

After moving from New York to California, I learned a hard truth. People pull their punches on the Gold coast. Especially in the happiest city in America, San Luis Obispo. 

Many are afraid of offending or hurting other’s feelings. I get that. But I’d rather get the truth, as painful as it might be. Because the truth—if acted upon constructively—leads to progress. 

Nancy tells me the truth. She “beats me up” as she would say. Instead of getting angry, critical and defensive, I shelve my ego and listen to her feedback. And you know what? I thank her for her insights. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not excited about having my work ripped apart. But what she says is usually true, and in applying her direction, my writing improved.

I’m not a New York Times best seller (yet), but I did recently become a contributor to Entrepreneur Media. Thank you Nancy. 

It’s easier said than done, but try and listen to the critical feedback. Even if it hurts. Then apply what’s applicable. You’ll see rapid progression, I promise.