Many of us have received criticism from others when we have finished, or were working on some creative project. Maybe we didn't finish it,or made some mistake during the process of our work. In my experience it has not been those who have the courage to undertake a project of considerable magnitude, but those who don't dare risk the possibility of failure, and the challenge presented by such a project, that have been the most critical. Some of my projects like many of yours have taken years to complete. Brene Brown, a well know researcher on shame, vulnerability, and courage, makes the following comment, "If you are not in the arena getting your ass kicked, then I am not interested in your feedback". Our creative works can be any area, building, visual arts, dancing, embroidery, and any number of a thousand possibilities. While listening to one of her lectures I was introduced to Theodore Roosevelt speech sometimes called "The Man in the Arena".
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."