I have a theory about what sets makers apart from everyone else.
[not sure what a maker is? Click here.]
It’s our propensity to make complete and utter fools of ourselves, regularly; or what my co-host Hillary and I like to call, “Creative Embarrassment.”
Creative embarrassment is a result of living in “The Arena.” The Arena is the place where your work meets the world.
Where your software meets a user
Where your painting meets a customer
Where your book meets a reader
Where your product meets the market
Where your performance meets an audience
Where your idea meets resistance
If ridicule is a possible outcome, you’re in the Arena.
Which is why Hillary and I wanted to talk about how to deal with creative embarrassment so it doesn’t derail you, in this week’s episode of Hillary and Margo Yell at Websites #HAMYAW.
Some of my favorite highlights from the episode:
10:50 The difference between praise, criticism, and feedback
11:30 Why being “brutally honest” with feedback isn’t helpful
13:18 Why audience reaction has little to do with you
15:11 “There’s a difference between a fundamental problem with your work and YOU being flawed.”
18:47 Don’t knock motivation — why it’s imperative to find those things that keep you going
And despite the somber-ish tone of this article, this might be our most hilarious episode yet.