“There is only one way to avoid criticism:
and be nothing.”
Word Aristotle! It seems we always take criticism to heart, myself SUPER included. Personal flaw..I’m working on it 🙂
But if we just change our views on the definition of criticism, what we view as insulting can transform into something complimentary or encouraging: feedback…This is the path to improvement. This can be said for our personal lives as well as our careers.
In art school getting my work “critiqued” aka criticized/”feebacked” was really rough. I have always been a person easily offended…too soft I guess. So it was a really good process for me. Remember from Day Twelve I said that part of why I have a hard time of being open is because of fear? Well it is usually fear of people not liking my work, which to me is the same as people not liking ME.
Silly, irrational maybe, yeah I know.
But unfortunatley it is in my DNA and I have been this way since my mom popped me out several decades ago. Like I said, personal flaw…or is it?
I am learning to take criticism of my work as a way to better it. Especially when it comes to doing custom work for clients. They pay for it. They get it how THEY want it. However, I am not perfect and sometimes is still hurts when someone doesn’t like my work >ouch< And I can still become disheartened and stop painting for a while >ouch< But I eventually warm up again and keep plugging along, haha. Progress, NOT perfection PEOPLE!
HENCE why we should ALL get consistent feedback on our work by peers we TRUST! It gets us used to the constructive criticism so we are not thrown off course when someone suggests an improvement. We should all have a few peeps to get opinions from as we work. They can give you advice when you are stuck on a design problem. They can give you praise when feeling down. ANd the good ones give you a slap when you are going in a REALLY wrong direction.
So I say, keep working when you’re feeling down. Get as much feedback as possible.
Share your gifts with the world and you will be rewarded!
Stay tuned…TOMORROW: Don’t Give Up!!
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