“It’s hard to create things”

So instead of responding to something we may not like through crafting a response, we merely don a cape of criticism suggests Donald Miller in a brief blog entry titled The Fear of Doing.

Today I read an article on a blog about a creative project, and how some people liked it and some people didn’t, and I kept wondering, when I was reading the comments from people who didn’t like it, why their response was to comment about not liking it rather than to create something better. Nobody stands around a negative comment and talks about how great it is, or how well it’s written, or how it’s going to change the world.

But then I also understand why people do and say such things. It’s hard to create things. It takes confidence and resources, two things that don’t come easily or naturally.

Read the short piece in its entirety via this link.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at pcNielsen.com.

2 Responses to “It’s hard to create things”

  1. Julie says:

    It’s always harder to point out problems than to propose solutions. At the same time, I recognize that a lot of people are content only to criticize, and don’t even go as far as to say something like, “here’s a problem I’m seeing, but I have no idea how to solve it”… I have a feeling that last bit of acknowledgment would go a long way with most people.

    • pcNielsen says:

      I’m assuming you mean “easier to point out problems . . . ”

      And, YES, acknowledging you don’t know exactly what you’d change or why it rubs you wrongly does go a long way.

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