Aesop on giving critiques

It’s easy to speak negatively about the work of others, but never forget the quality of your own.

Two bags

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The Two Bags

“According to ancient lore, every man is born into the world with two bags suspended from his neck — one in front and one behind, and both are full of faults. But the one in front is full of his neighbour’s faults; the one behind, full of his own. Consequently, men are blind to their own faults but never lose sight of their neighbour’s.”

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Aesop’s Fables, published by Penguin Popular Classics. On On

Aesop on the business of design:

  1. Aesop on hiring a professional
  2. Aesop on design contests
  3. Aesop on client focus
  4. Aesop on giving critiques (this post)
  5. Aesop on kindness

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  1. Richard Box

    Hi David,

    I’ve always found (from observing others and myself – we’re all guilty of it!) that the flaws that annoy us most in others are likely our own mirrored.

  2. Hey David, I do agree with this statement.

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