Women are often very passionate about their work. Pair that with the fact that we are raised to build consensus and it is no suprise we are more likely than men to take criticism on the job very personally. The thing to remember is that criticism is just one person's opinion, and often not even about us – but about the way they perceive something should be done or has been done in the past. In fact, it often sheds more light on the person giving it and their particular values than tell you anything about the recipient. Criticism is just information – feedback. Often the person giving it doesn't even know you well enough for them to like or dislike you – which means it can't be taken as a personal affront anyway. As a I have specialised in a niche area of coaching women who work in male dominated fields, people have criticised my specialism – but I have to stand by the courage of my convictions and know that I will never please all the people all the time. Plus, the further you climb professionally, the more criticism you will be open to because of your increased visibility. It comes with the territory of success. You will have to get used to it, learn from the gems that people pass on but not let criticism deter you from your path.