If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace; if you accept correction, you will be honoured.
Proverbs 13:18 NLT

Whenever I discover by myself that I am doing something wrong or the wrong way, I correct it. I simply treat it as an adjustment to my ways. However, when someone else points it out I often treat it as a criticism. In fact, I am more likely to treat it as an attack and I go on the defensive, and sometimes the offensive! Yet, if I discovered the same point myself I would treat it as part of a learning process.

I need to be more ready to accept criticism, whether it is valid or not. There might be something valuable that I miss if I don’t and all that I’m doing is harming myself and possibly hurting someone else too.