You need a lot of honest feedback and evaluation about your work. It is great to get applause. However, you must prepare your heart for whatever kind of feedback you might get about your work. A lot of people want to hear only nice things about their work. Even if it is not true. You must never dwell in that camp. This is well summarised by Proverbs 9:7-9, “Correct a worthless bragger, and all you will get are insults and injuries. Any bragger you correct will only hate you. But if you correct someone who has common sense, you will be loved. If you have good sense, instruction will help you to have even better sense. And if you live right, education will help you to know even more” (CEV version).
Are you getting the feedback you need to do your best work that glorifies God? The creation account in Genesis always talks about God evaluating and taking feedback about his creations. Up to the point where it was discovered that “it is not good for a man to be alone”. Then some more work was done in that aspect. We see God evaluating his own work and getting feedback. There is a chance that your work is mediocre and nowhere as useful as you would like to think. You might think certain criticism of your work is unkind, but that is the exact kind of feedback you need inorder to grow.
Ecclesiastes 7:5 says, “It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools” (ESV). It is a good idea to consider where your applause and feedback comes from. Neither applause nor feedback from a college of fools is worth anything to the overall quality of your work. You want to seek out genuine feedback about your work. Getting feedback is hard, not everyone is comfortable with it. So, you want to assume a posture that makes it easier for a wise person to tell you what you need to hear, and not just what you want to hear