What happens so much in life is that we let others dictate our outlook. The slightest criticism, real or imagined, can often change the way we view our work and our world.
It’s why I find the following quote, from the artist Georgia O’Keefe, so refreshing. When asked if she got nervous before her art was put on exhibit, she said:
It reminds us that the key to happiness and contentment is within, and comes from knowing in our own hearts that we have put out our best effort. Before we can satisfy those around us, we must first satisfy ourselves.
“I have a show for myself before I show it publicly. I make up my own mind about it–good, bad or indifferent. After that, the critics can write what they want. I have settled it for myself–and criticism and flattery all go down the same drain.”