There are critics everywhere.
Not a job I would want. Good thing there are more creators than critics.
I’d rather be a creator truth be told.
Maybe there’s a legit reason we have critics. Maybe not.
Maybe they keep us on our toes. Maybe it weeds out the weak and infirm.
‘Thins the herd’ so to speak.
Who knows. I look at my years of print competition and all the critiques I personally gave out and received, maybe it all had a purpose.
Who knows. Maybe we’d all be fine without them. Maybe in fact we’d create even more? Even better?
But critics will always be with us to darken our souls and cast a shadow.
Some are legit and serve a solid purpose.
Or do they?
If something is crap, and it’s fairly obvious, then, we’d know. Because, well, it’s obvious.
We don’t need someone to point it out, do we?
I always felt the ultimate ‘critic’ so to speak is my client. Her vote counts the most.
She votes with her wallet and her heart.
If something is a work of art, whether it’s a photo or a person, and another person, say a critic, has something negative to say, maybe, just maybe that’s there opinion.
Nothing more. We need to ignore them and listen to the only critic that matters.
Is being a critic the lowest form of expression?
Let the critics do what the critics do best. Meanwhile, my job is to create.
One final point. Don’t confuse coaching, positive feedback and old fashioned kick-in-the butt mentoring on the same plane as what a typical critic doles out.
Ain’t the same. Know the difference.
Robert N. Provencher – Your Master Coach Marketer
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