I’ve always thought that how we take criticism says a lot about our character. In chapter 8 of Stephen Altrogge’s Create: Stop Making Excuses and Start Making Stuff, he digs into the role that criticism plays in the life of someone who is trying to create.
If we’re truly seeking to glorify God through creativity, then we should be open to all manner of advice, suggestions, and even criticisms. God created us to be dependent on other people, and this is true in the creative field as well. I need other people to help me improve my creative projects. (Kindle location 562/724)
Don’t be a drama queen (or king) when it comes to receiving criticism. Take it like a man. Receive it as a blessing from God to make your creative work better. Don’t get defensive or go into silent mode. Don’t try to keep explaining why you did something a particular way. Don’t make obscure references to art theory. Listen, take notes, push back a little where necessary. Criticism really is a blessing. (Kindle location 582/724)
The reason we don’t ask for the input of others is because we’re proud. We don’t like criticism. It’s hard to maintain our pristine, artist image when people criticize us. (Kindle location 607/724)
The connections made between criticism, blessing, and pride rang true to me. What about you? How have you grown in your ability to take criticism? Do you seek out criticism of your creative work? If so, how?
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