Ep. 2: Don’t Take It Personally


How to break bad habits (and beat a Diet Coke addiction) by making this change. Josh and Shelby share tips for dealing with personal criticism. Wisdom from Nelson Mandela: “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”

People have a tendency to jump to conclusions. Maybe you weren’t Cc’d on an email or someone made an offhand remark about your outfit. What begins as an absent-minded email or comment spirals into perceived ill will. Learn how to better handle criticism by putting yourself in someone else’s shoes.


  • Josh and Shelby get personal about workplace attire and Diet Coke addictions.
  • Are you a sensitive person? Shelby shares some tips for handling criticism from Abigail Brenner, M.D.—Start with focusing on what the relationship means to you.
  • What is your motive when giving criticism? If you’re just blowing off steam, hold your tongue.
  • People, places and things continuously change, with or without you. Are you ready? Josh reminisces on growing up in a small town, not making the high school football team and the power of change.

 Favorite quote from this episode:

“It’s [time to respond to criticism] when you’ve calmed down. When you’ve let your emotions take a backseat. When you really understand where they’re coming from.”

—Shelby Skrhak

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