There’s nothing I hate more than being told I’m wrong or I missed the mark on a project or task. If I’m honest, I have even gone out of my way to avoid such situations and try to fly under the radar of critique. I’m sure many have done the same and like me are repeat offenders.

Unfortunately, this approach to work or life (or anything for that matter) means you never grow, you never improve, and you never find success.
Instead of running from the discomfort you must now run toward it and embrace it knowing the hurt and pain are doing some good.

Quite often the area(s) of improvement are daunting and look insurmountable, and it will be if you keep looking at the entire journey versus the small steps to get there.

I was once told to draw a circle and place dots inside. These dots represent where I am today and what I’m comfortable doing. Then place dots outside the circle and label them with the areas where you are struggling (writing, public speaking, networking). The areas closest to you are what you tackle first. Subsequently, the items farther away are further down the road. Once begun, take joy as you are heading in the right direction.

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For the past 14 years, Brian has served as lead designer and art director for LexBlog. He works directly with the product team to provide design and UX/UI guidance for the tools that power the worlds largest legal network.