While reading a review of one of my favorite TV shows recently I stumbled upon a quote that has been seared into my memory.
The review was written by pop culture author and essayist Chuck Klosterman. His work has been featured in SPIN, ESPN and New York Magazine.
As I read his review, this line jumped out at me:
“The artist is always superior; the critic is always inferior.”
When I first read it I was immediately convicted.
I thought about all the time I’d wasted poking holes in what others have done.
Then, I began to wonder if the quote was actually true.
I mean seriously, have you seen the movies Vin Diesel churns out?
(No, I would never say that to his face)
Even if you agree with me on Vin’s movies, you’d have to agree his paydays are superior to yours.
Sorry, back to the point of this post.
Creativity trumps criticism.
I want to spend more of my time creating and less time criticizing others.
It’s interesting, the more time I spend being creative the more creativity flows.
Unfortunately, the opposite is also true.
Criticism grows and flows when you feed it.
Criticism is easier.
There’s always something or someone to rip on.
The truth is, creativity costs you something.
Time, effort and energy.
When you’re creative you put yourself out there a bit.
When you create you become vulnerable.
You’re on display.
It’s well worth it though because remember, “The artist is always superior; the critic is always inferior.”