In a perfect world it would be “wonderful” to have everybody LIKE and LOVE what you create. But the reality is you have more chance winning the lottery than everybody loving your creations.
And by the way, winning the lottery is a 1 in 14 million chance in the UK. So your chances aren’t high.
I’ve fallen victim to all 2 of the mistakes I’m about to mention. So let’s get straight to it….
1. Trying to PLEASE everybody.
“A person can only kiss so much ass before they choke on shit.” — Unknown
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a designer, writer, musician, or something related.
Trying to please everybody with your work is like trying to get every girl or guy to find you attractive. It’s just wishful thinking, and an unproductive use of your time.
I wrote a post called — Why formal education kills curiosity, creativity, and passion for learning.
Regardless of the title, there’s no way everybody will agree with it or love my point of view.
People’s interests and beliefs are too diverse for that to happen.
If I tried to please everybody, I would have titled it differently.
But not only would the results have come out much worse, It would have been inauthentic. And that insincerity would have been splattered all over my writing.
Also I wouldn’t have enjoyed writing it as much, or felt as passionate about it.
As a creator, you have to be willing to lose the “wrong” audience to attract the “right” audience.
You have to be willing to face 20–30% criticism to gain 70–80% praise.
If you don’t, your creations will be boring, dead, uninteresting, lifeless, and you won’t enjoy the process as much as you should.
2. Trying to make everything perfect.
“No one is perfect. That’s why pencils have erasers.” — Unknown
Quality is always worth striving for. No matter what it is you’re creating.
And there’s nothing wrong with focusing on quality as a creator.
But when it gets to the point of perfection, or “trying” to make it perfect, your creation suffers.
Your passion suffers. The process suffers, and your enjoyment suffers.
Or worse — You end up never publishing or sharing your creations because you’re so afraid of it “not” being perfect enough.
Put all your energy into practicing, being consistent, and making adjustments along the way.
Then your writing, designing, or whatever it is you do will improve over time. Rather than chasing perfection which doesn’t exist.