article_accept-criticism-gracefully.jpgThough it's a wonderful feeling to receive glowing praises from our bosses and co-workers, this kind of feedback won't be the only thing we'll be getting at work, especially when we're just starting out. Compliments may be the big C in the workplace, but there's another one that's equally important: criticism. But while we easily accept compliments, criticism is more difficult to swallow. What we often overlook in our haste to wallow in self-pity or indulge in indignance, however, is that criticism—particularly constructive criticism—is only meant to help us improve.

So the next time your colleagues dish out some less-than-favorable comments about the work you're doing, don't think they're out to get you. Instead, understand that they're only doing this so you can be better at your job. Here are five things to remember about accepting criticism gracefully.

(Originally published as "Marian Rivera Respects Vivian Velez’s Comments on Her Acting + 5 Tips on Accepting Criticism Gracefully" on Female Network. Photo from One for the Money courtesy of Lionsgate.)

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