Receiving Tough Feedback | John Miller’s Advice to Mark Sieverkropp

So what would you do if someone you looked up to told you everything you did wrong when you reached out to him?

Maybe you’ve thought about emailing or calling this person for months or years. And you finally do. And then…

That’s what happened to Mark Sieverkropp recently when he reached out to someone he looked up to. But I don’t want to ruin the story, because it’s really good and there is a lot to learn from it.

So without further ado or explanation, take it away Mark.

Getting Tough Feedback - Mark Sieverkropp

I have been waiting several months to share this story. And I don’t believe there is any better place to share it than on Matt’s blog!

This past summer I was working on a project, Happen To Your Career, with Scott Barlow. (You may recognize that name from the fact that our very own Matt McWilliams was featured on our podcast). In the process of this, we were doing some marketing and contacting folks to ask for their help.

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“For someone who loves to learn, you’re not very teachable.”

~Me, to myself about six months ago.

Child going Shhhhh

Six months ago I had the opportunity to speak with a well-known blogger, someone who has more than 200,000 subscribers and is doing exactly what I want to do. He agreed to coach me for what ended up being more than an hour. I was excited for days before the call.

About twenty minutes into the call, I realized I wasn’t getting much out of the call.

But why? Here I was talking to someone I admire and I wasn’t learning a thing. How could this be?

And then it hit me:

Shut up.