Yeah, don’t listen to most people’s feedback on your art.
Mainly, because most people don’t have a clue what they are talking about.
Ryan Holiday agrees that most people – especially – don’t know how to make it better.
If you want adulation, ask your mom!
First off, most people in my life don’t know anything about creative projects. They could read the book, like it or not like it, but not produce any real, concrete feedback that I could use to answer a whole bunch of questions I didn’t even know I had to answer. How would they know them either? Secondly, most people in my life want to make me feel good so they’ll default to giving me praise. If I sent the book to my mom, she would just tell me how good it was and how smart I was. Which, admittedly, is nice and empowering, but it’s not what I needed in this case. I wasn’t making a nice watercolor as a kid and asking my mom to tell me I was a good boy for putting so many interesting colors together.
-Tim Grahl, Running Down A Dream