Over on Explore Create Repeat, Sean Minogue explains why we should constantly be looking for fresh feedback on our work: 

You need new voices to provide fresh perspectives, especially if you’ve been in the creative industry for a long time and frequently repeat the same tasks.

The risk is becoming dulled to the effects of new thinking, or a reduced appetite to seek it out. Look around your professional environment or “bubble”. Who challenges you to get better? It doesn’t have to be a friend you regularly speak to, just someone whose opinion you value. If you don’t know who that might be, it could be time to build up your network.

It’s easy to get comfortable in an office echo chamber, where the feedback we get is regularly the same. But if you’re going to avoid professional stagnation, and to reinvigorate potential growth, you’re better off seeking out a diverse, critical audience of peers that can offer new insights into your work habits.

Read the full article to learn more about where (and how) to start looking for that fresh voice (or voices).

  • FDRliberal

    Having a set routine saves time and money during production, allowing one to not have to “reinvent the wheel” for each project or client. But as the writer notes, challenging one’s routine is important to avoid stagnating.

    Setting aside a period of time for new ideas and criticism “from within” is something I’ve always found valuable. Inviting outsiders into the “bubble” is an interesting idea, but only with those you can fully trust.

    • http://www.creativesomething.net/ tannerc

      Thanks for the comment. I agree, the real challenge is finding people whose feedback isn’t only valuable, but that also comes from a place of true knowledge and, for the receiver, growth.

  • http://www.seanminogue.com/ Sean Minogue

    Thanks for sharing!

    • http://www.creativesomething.net/ tannerc

      Thanks for reading Sean. 🙂

      • http://www.seanminogue.com/ Sean Minogue

        No problem. I appreciate you sharing my work for ECR!

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