Our friends, allies, the people who care, they are the ones who are most likely to say the little things that we need to hear. Especially the things we don’t always want to hear.
Yes, we all crave more pats on the back, but as long as people are speaking up and telling us what’s not working for them, it means they still care and they’re still paying attention.
The dangerous thing is when we speak and we hear nothing back. Crickets.
What we need to avoid isn’t criticism, it’s the deafening silence of apathy.