My good friend/author/photographer/digital darkroom expert Rob Sheppard recently sent me this note. I thought it was well worth sharing.
Explore the light,
P.S. This picture has nothing to do with this post, except that it was in one of my books, Flying Flowers.
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Hi Rick --
I am a big fan of Seth Godin and have been reading his book, Tribes (which you actually know all about). Anyway, I read his section on criticism and thought about of our experiences with reviews on Amazon.com. He says this:
(Talking about criticism and bad reviews of his books) "One bad review doesn't ruin my day because I realize what a badge of honor it is to get a bit of criticism at all. [By and large, most books are ignored.] It means that I confounded expectations -- that I didn't deliver the sequel or the simple, practical guide that some expected. It means, in fact, that I did something worth remarking on."
That is an interesting idea and a different attitude. He ends this section with a very unexpected idea:
"How can I create something that critics will criticize?"