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The Creative Fight: Create Your Best Work and Live the Life You Imagine by Chris Orwig

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Chapter Eight. Critical Creativity

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The creative spirit may be fierce, but it’s also fragile—and the quickest way to crush it is with cold-hearted critique. Yet it’s both impossible and inadvisable to live in a world without criticism. Even though it can stifle us, criticism isn’t inherently bad. It can be corrosive, but it can also sharpen the edge. And critique is indispensable to creative growth. Without critique, the quality of one’s creative output can collapse. That’s what happened when the office of the “Devil’s Advocate” was phased out.

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