A Position of Strength

Something I’ve noticed is that the more you create, the more impermeable you become to destructive criticism.  Building up a body of work gives you the opportunity to judge your own work against your own standards, before anybody else need have a say.

When you do get criticism, having a track record means you can cherry-pick the constructive criticisms, but disregard the sniping, jealousy or self-opinionated critics with a hidden agenda.  You begin to ask “what would they know?”  In fact, “how would they know?” becomes an entirely fair question.

I think Richard Carpenter said it best when describing criticism of the music of The Carpenters:  “you might not like what we did, but you can’t say it wasn’t good“.

So keep doing what you’re doing until you’re sure of it.  That’s a position of strength.


About tropicaltheartist

You can find out more about me here: https://michaeltopic.wordpress.com/. There aren’t many people that exist in that conjunction of art, design, science and engineering, but this is where I live. I am an artist, a musician, a designer, a creator, a scientist, a technologist, an innovator and an engineer and I have a genuine, deep passion for each field. Most importantly, I am able to see the connections and similarities between each field of intellectual endeavour and apply the lessons I learn in one discipline to my other disciplines. To me, they are all part of the same continuum of creativity. I write about what I know, through my blogs, in the hope that something I write will resonate with a reader and help them enjoy their own creative life more fully. I am, in summary, a highly creative individual, but with the ability to get things done efficiently. Not all of these skills are valued by the world at large, but I am who I am and this is me. The opinions stated here are my own and not necessarily the opinion or position of my employer.
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