"A piece of career advice I received when I was incredibly young," she said, "was that anytime you get criticized, take a moment and assume the criticism is accurate. Assume the person criticizing you is right, just for a moment."

Cole went on to explain that giving the other person the benefit of the doubt "puts you in a position of such thoughtfulness and maturity." Then, she said, you're able to figure out whether you agree, and to think about why you might be receiving this feedback rather than getting bogged down in a debate over whether it's right.

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