Zach Lind, drummer for the band Jimmy Eat World, wrote a great post on his blog about the importance of being confident in your creative work for the sake of the work itself rather than for the outcome or success of that work.
My friend Shane Hipps uses a great term that Iâ€™ve adopted, â€œDivest your self from the outcomes.â€ Becoming too attached to the opinions of others can lead an artist outside themselves, altering their original motivation and inspiration. This is incredibly hard to do and in a sense, itâ€™s impossible. But attaching yourself to the outcomes must be resisted, even when the outcome is complimentary to your work. If you are not content with your work, keep working. If you are content with your work, own it and release it out into the world and never look back. Good reviews and bad reviews of what youâ€™ve done are just steaming piles of dung, worthless to who you are as an artist.
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