The Counsel of Others
We always want to be the "idea" person. We want to be the one with the ground breaking suggestion, the innovative new system, or the process that will change the company for good.
Sometimes we have those ideas at the right time, and we are praised and acknowledged. We feel validated and valued. When someone else has the idea, we may be jealous, but over time we can develop excitement for the success of others too.
The ideas that are the hardest to swallow are those that apply to us. It may come from a friend or confidant, a mentor or superior, but it's a suggestion that could really improve your life. That counsel can be difficult to swallow, but it's important nonetheless. Train yourself to receive criticism and advice with grace.