Imran Khan, the former Pakistani Prime Minister and philanthropist, recently made a candid confession when he revealed that he regularly turns to Reddit for negative feedback. Mr Khan claims that due to the lack of honesty in online conversations, oftentimes the negative comments he gets on Reddit are a more reliable source of information.
The Pakistani Prime Minister's Reddit confession comes as a surprise as Reddit is known for its toxicity when it comes to user interactions. Moreover, social media platforms have often been blamed for being overly positive.
Khan's confession seemed to resonate with social media users, with users responding that Khan was willing to put his reputation on the line and be willing to listen and learn from even the most negative feedback.
The importance of negative feedback in the growth of any individual or organization seamlessly weaved into Khan's reflection. He argued that social media can become a bubble, and the people using it often coddle each other with constant positivity. Unfortunately, instead of learning from constructive criticism, users often apply positive sentiment to their work and success.
This isn't to say that positivity doesn't have its benefits. Positive words from friends, family, and the online community can often act as a boost to morale.
However, negative feedback can- if applied correctly- result in meaningful long-term improvements. For some people, waiting for negative feedback to arrive, can be disheartening. The next best thing to do would be to put yourself out there and welcome negative responses to grow and learn.
Khan's reflection may encourage individuals and organizations to be more aware of their work and actions. Furthermore, the message encourages them to take the initiative to seek out negative feedback on various platforms, such as Reddit. This way, they can make a conscious effort to learn and be aware of how they can make the most out of the negative feedback.