There's no doubt feedback is always easier to receive when its positive, but North Melbourne’s Curtis Taylor says honest, constructive feedback is necessary and key to growth and development.
“Obviously everyone loves a bit of a confidence boost when you are getting good feedback, and that also makes you feel good,” Taylor told True North.
“When it is negative, it’s harder to take obviously, but I think if you do get feedback in a negative way you can always have a chat one-on-one with that person ... you never know their emotions or what they’re going through at the time when they gave you that feedback.”
Taylor stressed the way feedback is framed is key.
“When you give it, you’ve got to be able to take it, so I take it in a way that it's always constructive, it’s never going to be negative,” he said.
“Being part of the AFL, you do get plenty of feedback even before getting drafted - you’re talking to recruiters.
“I think dad's always been a massive one for being honest with that feedback. I’ve said to him never sugar-coat it, just say it how it is, (not just) as a footballer, but as a person.
"I think it will be able to help you become a better footballer and a better person, [it’s a] kind of motto that I live by.”
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