Reading reviews doesn’t make you better at what you do.
When I read this, I immediately thought of this week’s Back to Work, and the idea that criticism can be, in many respects, useless to the creative process.
Also, Steve Jobs: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”
Also, in the same issue of Esquire, Steve Coogan: “Fuck everyone’s advice.”