Day 22: What insight can you find in a difficult piece of feedback you've received?

This post is from the 30-day reflective writing series I made for Academic Writing Month (November 2018). For background on the series and links to all the videos, visit this page. To turn on subtitles: On a computer, hover at the bottom of the video window to make the row of icons appear; click on the “settings” icon (which looks like a cog), and select “Subtitles.” On a phone, the “subtitles” icon is in the bottom right corner of the screen.


  • Think of a piece of feedback you’ve received on your project that you feel stuck on — whether because the feedback was given in a spirit of hostility, or it came from a misunderstanding of your project, or it is just really hard to implement.

  • Dig into that feedback today and let yourself explore it. Find what is true and usable in it, even if the meaning you find in it is not what the giver of the feedback intended to communicate to you.

  • There’s a saying in startup/entrepreneurial circles, “That which hinders the task is the task” (Samford Meisner). Sometimes, even just pushing through our resistance toward a hard task is, in itself, an accomplishment.

Posted on November 21, 2018 and filed under reflection questions, #AcWriMo.