Marcus Aurelius said,
“A man should always have these two rules in readiness.
First, to do only what the reason of your ruling and legislating faculties suggest for the service of man.
Second, to change your opinion whenever anyone at hand sets you right and unsettles you in an opinion, but this change of opinion should come only because you are persuaded that something is just or to the public advantage, not because it appears pleasant or increases your reputation.”
I can’t help but think that so many are loath to even listen to another’s opinion and refuse to accept arguments that are just and to the public advantage.
In the world of my art studio, I rarely have the opportunity to ask for opinions regarding my own work and when the occasion does arise and another offers an opinion, I strive to listen attentively. I know that there are roughly 7.6 billion people in the world today and an equal number of opinions. So I listen, mull over the concept they present, and then, if it does not fit my own judgment of how I proceed with that art or the direction of my work, I simply smile and thank them. Then I go about doing the work I know is in my own judgment best for me.
Please feel free to critique my work and I will feel free to accept or reject your criticism. But know, I do appreciate that you have taken the time to offer your view of my art.
This is my own rule of readiness. Have a great day.