Listening is a surprisingly rare skill these days. Everyone is so focused on themselves and their own ideas that they often forget or outright refuse to listen to other people’s ideas and perspectives.
People will often excuse this as them being hardheaded and focused on their own goals, but in reality it’s just an unhealthy attitude. In order for you to achieve success, you’re going to need to be a lot more willing to listen to others.
There are many things that you need to listen to. It could be commentary, advice, questions, criticism, and even complaints. Many people choose to simply listen to all of the things they want to hear, like praise and compliments, but they don’t listen to the things that actually help them.
You need to listen to multiple sources of feedback in order to truly grasp what you’re doing right and what you’re doing wrong. Just listening to people isn’t quite enough to help you further your success.
You can listen as much as possible, but if you don’t actually do anything with that information, it’s essentially worthless. You should be improving the things people give you advice about, and keeping steady on the things people like.
Actually implementing changes into your behavior or your projects based on other people’s responses is what will really help you achieve more in life. Whenever you receive some kind of feedback from someone, you should find a way to keep track of that so that you can review and compare responses later on.
You could sort them in a spreadsheet, document file, or on paper. No matter what, you should have some way of keeping track of the information you’re listening to so that you don’t forget it.
That way, you can implement it and see what popped up more often and what people talked about less. It’s important that you take all of the responses you get into account. Some people tend to ignore negative responses because they don’t agree with them or like them, but they’re often very realistic and genuine complaints or constructive criticisms.
When you’re looking over your files of all of your feedback, you should be able to look at your own work critically and try to fix things that multiple people want to see changed. While you may not see it as an issue, other people do.