Constructive criticism from your boss can be a gift in the way that a free gym membership can be a gift: Even if you didn't want it, it can benefit you greatly.
Count yourself fortunate if you have a boss who is thoughtful enough to let you know early on that your performance isn't where it should be. Many bosses simply let a poor performer slide until it's too late and their job is at risk. If your boss pulls you aside to let you know that you're just not cutting it, consider the following:
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