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Never critique another’s work without explicit permission.

Even more strongly stated: “Never critique another’s work unless you are explicitly asked to do so.” In an earlier tip, this author quoted Rilke, and his quotation resonates here, as well. Critiques often lead to misunderstandings. Generally speaking, an insincere, “That’s nice,” is better than an unasked for critique. Even if someone asks what you think, feel them out to see whether they just want an attaboy or if they are seeking true analysis and improvement.

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