Many in the blogosphere write to attract approval, to encourage followers and to please others.Of course, there are also those who write for themselves and don’t give a damn about the reception their words will receive.
In my work I frequently seek the opinions of others but I have noticed that there has been a bit of a racket going on. It seems I only seek the opinion of those for whom I can do no wrong; those who will always tell me that what I have done is great! (And believe me, it often isn’t!)
Now, whilst this may be very gratifying on the face of it, I think it is also the quickest way to lapse into mediocrity.
I am a sensitive type and I like it when people say nice things to me….but I don’t want nice for the sake of nice. I want it to be truly earned. I am therefore resolved to change my ways.
Rather than asking ‘Is this OK?’ when seeking feedback I am going to pose a rather different question.
The new question is ‘How can I improve this?’
This seems to me the best way of receiving criticism with delight as it can only make whatever I am doing a whole lot better.
What do you think?