Redefining Confidence

Confidence has almost nothing to do with the ability to avoid mistakes and missteps. It has almost everything to do with the ability to pay more attention to the task at hand without constantly looking over your shoulder. Making mistakes and recovering quickly from them become a part of the process instead of show stoppers.

If you are trying to get back to riding a bicycle in your forties, just so you can go sit in that quiet, green spot in the outskirts of your city, your attention will be on that task. The more fully you are absorbed in it, the harder it will be to get distracted or embarrassed (for too long) by every wobble, misstep and eye-roll on the way.

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How to receive feedback effectively

The effectiveness of feedback depends partly on those who receive it – how open and willing they are to participate in the process. As a feedback seeker you can do your part to optimize the process and make it a powerful tool for growth and progress – no matter how you define it. Here are some thoughts and tips to help you get the best out of your feedback sessions

How to give feedback effectively

The goal of every feedback session must be growth. The tone of every session must be empathy. A well-rounded feedback session should neither leave the individual dispirited, nor completely content with their lot. It should set them up for a period of analysis and action. It should open the person’s mind to “possibilities” and combinations they hadn’t been able to see previously. Here I share some tips for feedback providers on how to give effective feedback on creative work

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Objective feedback for creative work: why it is so important?

Feedback is a mirror. In an ideal case, it is a distortion-free mirror that can show you exactly where you are in your journey(craft). It does not label or judge anything as good or bad. It only sees where you are, and maybe point out the possible pitfalls in your journey. It can also offer a reality-check on what you are doing and what you “think” you are doing. And in competent hands, this process can be extremely helpful. It helps you get fresh new ideas. It helps you grow.

How to “really” use Instagram Photography challenges to improve your skills : A Strategy Guide :

In the beginning, one of the best things I did was to participate in several excellent Instagram photography challenges hosted by well-established professional food photographers. And while I did so, I learnt both the useful and the not so useful reasons and ways to participate. Here is why you should participate in challenges: