Sharing your creative work can be scary because what people think about what you make is what they think about you.
- If they love your work, they love you.
- If they hate your work, they hate you.
People who know you can love you for exactly who you are, but if you’ve never met someone, they can only determine how they feel about you by how they feel about your work and your story.
When you share more, there is more (positive and negative) feedback. When more people have eyes on your work, there is greater opportunity for people to love or hate you, or worse, feel completely indifferent. We pretend we don’t care what they think, and we never let our guard down and just say, “I want you to love me.”
We try to convince ourselves that we can’t please everyone and it doesn’t matter what they think, but it does matter. That said, it is not your job to change minds, compromise your work, or prove your worth. Instead, share and connect with the people who love your work. Create for them.
Love me and I will create for you.