"Stories" from the Collective (YOU)

Feedback Inspirational Quotes

by Steve M Nash
(Brockholes, W Yorskhire, UK)

Weekly Wonder Online: 39

Ken Blanchard wonders...

"Feedback is the breakfast of champions."

More Feedback Inspirational Quotes...
"Negative feedback is better that none. I would rather have a man hate me than overlook me. As long as he hates me I make a difference."
-- Hugh Prather

"Positive feedback makes the strong grow stronger and the weak grow weaker."
-- Carl Shapiro

"There is no failure. Only feedback."
-- Robert Allen

What I Wonder...

Listen to my thoughts about this feedback inspirational quotation in the video below. You'll also discover a bit more about a favourite place of mine in Yorkshire (England!) - this time the video location is the darkness of my back garden (erm)!...

(NOTE: Yes, *I* wrote any captions you see in this video. It's called self-deprecation, and it's mostly a healthy thing (I think!).)

As you'll see in the video, I consider feedback to be an important part of self-growth, or personal development - whatever you want to call it.

Receiving feedback is actually the only way we can develop personally, or professionally for that matter - it's the only way we know if we're improving: improving as a person, or in how we do our job, or even in how we play (playing an instrument or playing football or even playing the fool!...).

(Of course, feedback is vital in our intimate relationships too. Has to be.)

Yes, all forms of growth stem from feedback.

And even if you reject the feedback you get, it's still good to hear it (you may 'know better', after all).

So Ken's words are apt, indeed. Feedback is what feeds us, enables us to grow.

And yet, how many of us run away from feedback, consider it to be a source of conflict and pain rather than the source of our growth!

Or is that just me?

I know I'm not brilliant at receiving feedback, especially if that feedback is negative. I love asking for feedback if I think it's going to be some kind of praise, naturally, but maybe that kind of feedback, whilst pleasant, doesn't really help us in the long-term...

Hmm, as I say, I know I run away from feedback far too often.

I guess I never realised how important it was for my growth (until now).

So most of the work I do is of a passive nature: no clients (to complain); no work colleagues (that moan about me). I don't even that many friends in my life (that might disagree with me, from time to time - oh how horrible of them).



Feedback from the self, can often be the most powerful!...

The thing is, I started these Weekly Wonder inspirational quotes in the first place to try and get more from the inspirational quotes that flood the internet; to try and make myself (and you) more accountable to the wisdom that is everywhere. I then decided to record my thoughts on YouTube. And now here I am writing them down on this page too.

All because a) I don't know everything, b) neither do you but c) we all know more than we think.

And the only way we can fully appreciate what we know, and what we don't know, is via the feedback of others.

So here I am, asking for feedback from you...

1. Do you like reading about these inspirational quotes

2. Do you like watching my inspirational quotes videos

3. How could I improve things?

4. How else could I ask for feedback? (Where else?)< br>
5. How do YOU ask for feedback? Do you ask for feedback, even?

Yes, I'd love to know your thoughts re my Weekly Wonders, or even about these feedback inspirational quotes...

What YOU wonder?...

Please tell me what you think about the Weekly Wonder (& Monthly Marvel). And I'd love to hear your wisdom, and insights regarding any of the feedback quotes shared here, too... You can leave comments below! :-)

Thanks for reading,

PS Now please comment, please have your say - thank you!

Comments for Feedback Inspirational Quotes

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Apr 26, 2011
by: B John

My feedback is that I'd like more from The Caption Man!

I'm a big fan of alter-egos, see!


Apr 26, 2011
by: Sandra

I've been dealing with this issue of feedback. Before I get into how it affects me, I appreciate the time you've put in providing this platform for video responses.

Knowing some about websites (not too much) I know it takes time to edit these videos and prepare them.

As I'm not real experienced in the workings of websites I don't know if once a month will work or not. But I do know that a lot of the web marketing involves "testing".

Lately, here is what I've been thinking about the subject of feedback. First, how does one find a place which caters specifically to their needs?

Often I seek feedback wherever I sense that there is someone who values listening to my issue. But finding just the right forum takes time and adjustment.

I was working on a web project recently and in the stage of "drafting a page". I was discussing one issue with another and then I received feedback for which I had not asked. (Something I'm guilty of doing too, so not criticizing.)

But I know the person meant well; but I realized upon getting the feedback that our values and ideals about the issue did not correlate. Yet I felt too emotionally drained to go into all the details about what my general perspective was on the issue. and what specific things I wanted them to address.

But I saw that to get the feedback I would need to be more specific, since people interpret things differently. In kind, that same day I noticed on another forum that a person was asking for "feedback" and only a couple of people addressed his need. But in this instance his questions were so general and perhaps not specific enough as he got some feedback which did not meet his needs.

This made me wonder if there is an art for asking for feedback. or one has to find the appropriate forum for the issue at hand. I'm beginning to think there is.

In a forum, perhaps I should state my general philosophy on the story or issue and then break that down into very specific questions. Almost like doing a survey.

That said, you've been asking for feedback on specific quotes and you've asked for others to share quotes as well.

I know that for me I sometimes have an issue remotely related to the quote but I'm not sure if this is the forum for feedback on my specific problem. I could take a risk and just present it; but I don't because I don't see that many people doing it.

It could be that on another part of your website you could have instructions or examples of the types of questions and issues appropriate in response to the quote. Maybe I missed that.

If not, that may be something you'd want to consider presenting once you start up again with the monthly wonder. I'm not sure but just throwing this out on the table.

In any case, I have appreciated this forum and will be looking forward to the monthly weekly wonders. Do you have a section which sends out a weekly quote? perhaps I missed this or would consider adding something like that.

May 04, 2011
Thanks, Sandra
by: Steve

Thank you very much for your considered response, Sandra, to this page and to the many others you've commented on. I must say your contributions are exactly what I had in mind when I set up Self Help Collective in the first place in Feb 2008 - so thanks, Sandra, thanks! :-)

Re the specifics of your feedback concerning frequency of publication, I'm going to create pages like these once a month - Monthly Marvels - and also carry on sending out Weekly Wonders, only via email though.

(And you can subscribe to the Weekly Wonder either via the subscribe box that's on all of these pages, or via the newsletter link.)

And re the nature of feedback in general, you make great points - how to ask for feedback, in the first place? Too general or too specific may not work, you're right.

And I'm seeking feedback re quotes that others may not feel they can contribute anything substantially thought-provoking or different, I get that..

I also get that because many people don't offer feedback then 'many people don't offer feedback' - intersting conundrum, indeed!

(All that's needed to respond to a page or video is on the page in question, though, Sandra. Always.)

Hope that answers your questions directly, and thanks again for your thoughts on the nature of feedback too.


PS Just in case anyone else doesn't get how the Weekly Wonder and Monthly Marvel works, it's all explained on this newsletter page. But basically, subscribe to my newsletter and receive both weekly and monthly quotes in your inbox.

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