I’ve never thought about it quite like this before…
When someone criticises something you have put your heart and soul into, they are actually criticising your heart.
And your soul.
So of course, it’s going to really hurt.
Knowing this, it puts us in an awkward position on the subject of creativity.
Because the more creative you are, the more you’re going to get hurt if someone doesn’t like what you do.
So if you want to reduce the risk of hurting, all you have to do is to put less of your heart and soul into being creative.
It’s much safer.
The risk is reduced.
The worst that can happen is that this thing you’ve been half-hearted about is attacked.
And because you’ve not given your heart and soul you have the perfect get-out.
You can shrug, smile and openly admit that you didn’t invest all you could.
So of course they’re not going to like it.
But it’s not perfect, is it.
It’s far from it.
So, I’d advise, do one or both of these two things instead.
- Learn to live with the hurt.
- Don’t listen.
The price for not doing this is to be ordinary.
The prize for doing it?
The possibility that, one day, you will be considered extraordinary.
But it’s worth it.