Two completely separate entities. When people critique your work, they’re critiquing your work (not you, don’t worry!).
Some of us raise our guards and get defensive when our work is given an opinion that differs from our own, only this shows insecurity in ourselves.
Critiquer: Hey Sharon, great work. Love everything about the logo, except could you change this into a different shade of blue? This one’s not doing it for me.
Sharon: Well just to clarify, I chose those blue because I believe it best represents what we’re trying to achieve with the brief proposal. It was inspired by the Hudson Beach waves during its peak season—
To everybody else in the room, it doesn’t sound like constructive conversation if the designer refuses to accept any other points of view.
You’re not your work. Don’t mix it up!
When life is about choices, you never have to feel as if you have nowhere left to go.
You’re never really stuck. You’re just stuck in your own thoughts when there’s a world larger than yourself out there.
It’s not good enough,
It’s not really finished yet,
It’s not where I want it to be,
I don’t think it would be interesting to you,
I didn’t do much for it,
I didn’t spend enough time on it yet,
All the excuses we create in thinking that our work isn’t worthy of being seen in its non-finished stages shields us from having to interact with others.
On the other hand, as we run away from showing our work, we stop ourselves from opening up to different perspectives, being challenged, and creating a stronger, more diverse project.
Keep showing your work to others with the goal of improving, getting more feedback, to reinforce your weak points, and know your strong ones.