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Validation: Internal or External?


Internal: I like it, therefore it’s good.

External: Someone else must confirm it’s good before I know whether it has any real worth.

Here’s the thing: If you’re making any kind of art, presumably you’re making it because you’re compelled to express yourself. You don’t need anyone’s permission for that, nor do you need anyone’s approval once it’s done. So just make shit to your heart’s content, and measure its worth based on your own internal metric of whether it works or not.

Everyone wants other humans to see the beauty in their creations, but for the most part, it’s just not going to happen. And if the world’s indifference makes you question its worth, that’s not necessarily a bad thing—it might spur you to do better work. But you shouldn’t need the world to tell you whether your creation has any value.

Does it have value to you?

If the answer is yes, take a moment to admire it, then get to work making other cool shit.

Everyone else can just fuck off.