2014年6月21日托福独立写作题目：Do you agree or disagree with the following statement:people who cannot accept criticism from others will not be successful at working in a group.
Teamwork is a valuable skill that many parents, schools, and employers value. Learning to function and cooperate within a team is a fundamental step in becoming successful. A critical component of good teamwork and personal success is being able to accept others’ criticism.
Group work and teamwork is a skill that educators try to instill in students from a very young age. Take me for example. When I was in high school homework and class work often included exercises meant to combine different types of people to work towards a common goal. Mixing different personality types into small groups is a great way to facilitate the exchange of ideas and helps everybody gain a different perspective on a problem. One side effect of placing so many different types of people together is that they are bound to disagree eventually. In our small team, Amy, did not take well to criticism and others rejecting her ideas. Amy decided to withdraw from the assignment and refused to cooperate. The teacher was not pleased with this action and failed Amy for not cooperating on the assignment.
Being able to take criticism is fundamental in team sports. On my basketball team we have a lot of talented people who all are very skilled at the game. That isn’t to say that they never make mistakes. In fact, every one of us makes mistakes. Our coach and the other teammates all offer criticism in the hope of correcting errors and making the team a better functioning unit. Our coach offers us criticism in a way that helps us realize how we can improve ourselves and how we can achieve success. Because we all understand the function of this criticism, we respond positively and are not humiliated or offended. This has helped my basketball team move from the bottom rank to second place. Without our coach’s criticism we hardly would have been successful.
Listening to criticism and analysis from your peers, teachers, parents, or coaches is a great way to improve oneself. And only through self-improvement can we realize success. Teamwork is a great way to hone and nurture this skill. We have all come across people like my former classmate Amy who are unwilling or unable to accept others’ criticism.
It’s normal that opinions coming from a group of staff often conflict with each other, for people have different thoughts due to their diverse acknowledgement and characters. Facing disputes, some people are happy to accept other’s criticism with an open attitude, while others are not. If one doesn’t want to improve a lot or be successful, it’s acceptable to stick to his personality; it looks so cool in some way. But mentioning success, people who are not open to others’ criticism have fewer opportunities to win accomplishment.
One vital factor for success is the ability to correct and adjust promptly. It takes anyone time to realize mistakes with his own ability. Just like what we mentioned, competence from one person is limited, it’s unavoidable that his vision is not quite far-sighted or his angle is not comprehensive. While in teamwork, members can help each other realize what he can’t see. So, for a person who can’t listen to diverse opinions or negative comments, he will lose chances to adjust flaws. In a long term, his acknowledgement and horizon will be obstructed, and he is unlikely to make any improvement. Therefore, a person with open attitude to criticism can reorient direction in time and avoid losses; he will be successful more often.
To be successful, another fundamental factor is cooperative spirit. A person open to opposite opinions is generally more cooperative. Cooperation can benefit in many aspects, it brings more innovative ideas through brainstorming; it leads to more motivation through team building; it runs more effectively through group collaboration. Take holding a prom as an example, it’s one of school traditions, senior students have a party when graduating. If someone is asked to host this party, he can learn a lot from past experience, which is inspiring. But one depressing point is that more experience means hard to break through, if the person wants to make the party a fresh and impressive one, he needs a bunch of new ideas, which are seldom developed by one person. And then, he needs a team to implement these ideas, for a party’s organization includes location setting, catering, site decoration, invitation design and etc. It’s believed that capacity from several people is bound to be much more than from an individual, so a person with cooperative spirit is easy to win accomplishment.
In this competitive world, we seldom see examples that one can reach peak with his individual efforts, in most cases, it’s a result of teamwork. Therefore, a person who can accept diversity, coordinate difference and lead a team will get more chances to succeed.
People who are successful at working in groups are hardworking, good at communicating, and good at sharing and accepting ideas. Listening to what others have to say, including their criticisms of your work, is an important part of being a successful team member.
Group work is an important part of studying and working. By working in teams, more ideas can be shared and combined to enable more creative and successful outcomes. In my business class for example, my teacher often puts us into groups. As a group we have to create business models and advertising plans. Exchanging ideas is an important part of this assignment. Everybody contributes an idea, and we decide on the best idea for each project. If there is a team member that does not take criticism well, then it makes it harder for my group to finish its project. One time a team member, Joe, was so offended we did not take his idea that he refused to help us finish the assignment. The teacher then failed Joe for not participating.
What is even worse, if you cannot take criticism well, then nobody will want to work with you. For one project, our teacher let us pick our own teams. Nobody wanted to work with Joe. Imagine if that was the real world? Many jobs require that you work and collaborate with other people. If nobody in your office wants to work with you, you are not likely to get assigned the most important projects by your boss.
In addition, if you cannot take criticism well, then you will not improve. I used to play soccer when I was younger. In soccer, it is important to play as a team. When I first started playing, my coach used to yell at me all the time, because I kept on stealing the ball from my teammates. I got upset at first because I thought the coach was just being mean. My dad then talked to me after the game, and showed me how to pass and receive the ball. If I had just quit after the coach yelled at me, I would have never improved my playing or helped my team win the school championship.
If you are able to listen to criticisms and negative comments, you are more likely to improve yourself. By improving yourself, you are more likely to find success. This is especially true if you are working with a team. Nobody wants to work with somebody who cannot exchange ideas or hear comments without getting upset. Without the support of team members, it is harder to succeed. (434 words)