After just one performance, Elvis Presley was fired by Jimmy Denny, the manager at the Grand Ole Opry. Crazy right? No matter how self aware or open minded you are, it can be difficult receiving feedback. For some, it can be hard because one can’t separate criticism from being attacked in some way. That’s relatively easy to shift thinking on. What’s not so easy, is when the feedback is speaking to something near and dear to you. When it’s something that you passionately want to be as great as it can be. It’s hard because creative things like music are truly a business of taste. We all know that we can’t please all of the people all of the time. Yet, we scratch our heads when the outliers give brutal feedback that our “song” didn’t resonate when others tell you it changed their lives for the better. Over time the disciplined artist gains more and more value in the feedback that they once dismissed. Fine line between sticking to your guns and accepting the evidence in the name of improving. When you hear the same feedback from different people speaking to similar things, it’s time to pay attention in a way that leads to action. Even if that action is finding another audience.
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