I have been reading a lot of blogs and posts online lately and have come across several defensive comments. They have not been towards me but towards other professionals who are simply providing feedback on a question the writer proposed.
Professional growth is ongoing and part of that development is being receptive to opposing views and constructive feedback. Hearing the truth can be hurtful but you have to keep in mind that not everyone is making it a mission to personally attack you. People are taking time out of their schedules to help you ,give feedback and provide a different perspective.
Speaking from experience, hearing that you handled an issue poorly or even hearing you bombed at something can be crushing. If you need to take a walk, take a deep breath or sleep on it for a night, do so. It’s okay. The important thing is to re-evaluate what happened and grow from that.
Life and work situations are constantly changing and we have to be ready to ride the wave and be more flexible. Remember to ask for feedback if you are truly ready and willing to hear the the great things you do as well as the things that need improvement. We are all a work in progress.