I’ve been the creative type for as long as I can remember. Though I didn’t realize it at first.
I LOVE to create, that’s a huge part of who I am, what I do and what my goals are aligned with.
That being said, there are things I’ve done as a creator that a creative person should never do.
And when I say “never” do, I mean I had no business complaining about it.
As it’s what you sign up for and can expect as a creative person. It comes with the territory.
Here’s the number 1 thing creative people should never moan about. Under any circumstances.
“People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.” — W. Somerset Maugham
This is exactly what I’m talking about. As a creator, a creative person, or an entrepreneur, creating is a huge part of what you do. Therefore moaning about criticism when you’re asking for it by creating is naive.
Whether it be creating:
- Making music.
And everything in between. As a creator that’s just what we do, and we’re best at doing it.
And you know what happens when you create?
You give people permission to either praise or criticize your creations.
Once you create something and sell it, market it, etc, you’re basically giving away your creation.
You’re giving it away for masses of people to see, consume, benefit from, use, and so on.
So then what puts you in a position as a creator to moan about criticism?
If you’re the one that’s giving, you’ll automatically receive.
And whether we like it or not as creators, one of the things we’ll receive is criticism. Not just praise. It works both ways and for good reason.
Not everybody will like our work, our creations, blog posts, books, products, and so on. We don’t live in a perfect world.
Take a look at Microsoft, Apple, or even clothing brands like Nike or Lacoste.
Not everybody likes Microsoft, there are a lot of critics out there.
Do Microsoft complain about it? Unlikely, because if they did they’d have no time to focus on creating and improving more products.
As well as time to focus on the feedback from those who praise, love, and have benefited from their products.
The same thing can be said about Apple, Nike, and Lacoste.
And what about musicians like Katy Perry, or writers like J.K Rowling.
If they put too much emphasis on each and every criticism their work received, would they be where they are today as creators?
And would it be an intelligent use of their time to be stressing about it, and getting upset? I don’t think so.
I used to take criticism a little harder in the beginning, as I’m sure many other creators did.
But the reality is whether you take criticism hard or not, you have no business as a creator bitching about it.
When you distribute your creations and make it available to the public, you’re asking to be criticized or praised.
And there’s no avoiding that fact. No matter HOW you want to look at it.
So as a creator you better get used to it.
And you shouldn’t let that fact hold you back from getting started if you haven’t already.
What’s your take on criticism as a creative person or entrepreneur?