11 .Taking criticism personally. I’m speaking from my own experience. Learn to take criticism but without it affecting how you feel. There are two scenarios in front of you. Either the person criticizing you is trying to help you with a friendly piece of advice (in this case, take the advice with a good heart), or they are trying to be mean to you. Not taking things personally especially connects to the second option (being mean). Either way, don’t let it affect you.