Growing up, I attended magnet schools for art. The schools selected a specific number of students every year, and the classes were small. The fact our group classes were small created a healthy competition among us. In turn, this healthy competition elevated our skill sets.
Nothing demonstrated this better than class critiques. This event required each student to display and explain their work. Everyone had to stand in front of the class and listen as students evaluated and judged your work. After the students took their turn, the teachers gave their opinion.
At first, this was intimidating and frightening. There was nowhere to hide, and everyone knew your capabilities. Everyone held each other accountable to produce their best work.
Over time, however, each came to appreciate each other’s input because it improved our skills. This improvement was possible because we spent so much time together and learned each other’s strengths and weaknesses. More importantly, because each person was receptive to constructive criticism.
My schooling story reminds me of how we should all have advisors or brothers speaking truth into our lives. It may seem intimidating at first but when you invest the time in each other and are open to constructive feedback, each of you will grow exponentially.
Carlos F. Peña is first and foremost a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted husband and father. Professionally he is a CEO, CMO, certified executive, leadership and life coach, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur for various companies he owns and operates. Over the years, Carlos has served in multiple leadership roles in business and ministry. Carlos is President and CMO of Pumped®, Inc., a brand development and design firm, CEO of Led to Lead®, a leadership, career, and business coaching company, and the founder and creator of the FX3® program. In ministry, he currently serves as Director of Men's Small Groups at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, focusing on discipleship. Carlos considers it his life's mission to help men discover and challenge them to be the men God desires them to be.
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