I finished up a notebook yesterday and moved into a brand new one.

As I flipped through the pages of the old notebook, I came across this horribly-drawn diagram that I wanted to share with you.

I wrote to you recently about how negative feedback is inevitable, and how you should’t be controlled by it.

But sometimes negative feedback can be helpful.

How do you know when to listen to it and when to ignore it?

It all comes down to WHO is giving the feedback.

So the process goes like this:

Create Art >> Share It >> Get Feedback

Now there are two paths you can take from Get Feedback:

  • Path #1: Feedback from the Right People >> Adjust >> Create More Art
  • Path #2: Feedback from the Wrong People >> Ignore >> Create More Art

I listen to feedback from people I trust. It’s one way I get better. I ignore feedback from people I don’t trust, or more accurately from people who are being negative just to be mean.

Who are people I trust? Family and friends, obviously. But also my Home Studio Corner crowd. Many of you offer valuable, helpful feedback. Ultimately, though, it’s up to ME to decide if I’m going to implement the feedback I receive.

But guess what? None of this can happen if I just sit around making no music. The more times you can go through this cycle, the better you’ll get.


Joe Gilder
Home Studio Corner