Something I think every person struggles with during their life is learning how to cope with rejection and failure. I take negative reviews very personally and can become quite upset, even though I know after years of university that criticism and feedback, no matter positive or negative, will always provide opportunity for your work to develop into something greater. Yet just because I know this, it does not mean I have mastered the tough skin needed to receive negative feedback and absorb it with acceptance and consideration.
Along with the desire for this tougher mentality, I must also remind myself that not everything is for everyone. As such I should remember that different people will have vastly different opinions of my work, especially when dealing with such an interpretational field as art and design. It is a considered approach when receiving various criticisms to balance between how I view my work and how others view my work; a balance that I have yet to perfect. Sometimes I must recognise the truth and constructive elements of feedback and take them on, and others I can understand the criticism yet recognise that what I am doing is the right thing, at least for me. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t, I have had both successes and failures and I have learnt many things from both.
I was brought to this line of thought after reading an article about the Museum of Failure. A title that initially had me discouraged as I try to treat failures as future possibilities that are important to developing and improving; and to create a mocking museum of failures would leave people with the wrong idea of how to respond to an unsuccessful endeavour in their life. However I was happy to find that when I read further into the article that was not the case at all, in fact the creator of the museum had the same opinions on failure as I did.
“I just got sick and tired of all these success stories,” says the museum’s founder. “We glorify success so much, but at the expense of demonizing failure.”
The aim of the museum is not to continue to demonize failure but to learn to accept it, as people who are able to handle the emotional content of failure are able to learn from it. As written in a section of the article, 'To be comfortable with failure means not being afraid to take risks.' This meant a lot to me as I read it, and it is something I hope that I can achieve one day with my own work and processes, to be fearless in creation and my work no matter the failures it may produce.