It's a book for graphic designers, but I think the sentiment relates to the whole creative field.
"drummer practicing LOUD & HARD.
everything can be heard from outside the garage: every success and every failure. drummer misses a phrase and then repeats it in short bursts until it works. I wonder: do the neighbors mind listening to these sessions? probably. does the drummer mind that the neighbors listen (especially when the drummer messes up?) NO! this drummer has ability and couldn't possibly give a damn about what any listener thinks about their drumming in the middle of a weekday practice session. if the drummer did care, they would never have gotten any good to begin with. As visual artists why should WE care so dearly about what people think about our art? What does it matter if we create something that sucks every once in a while? How much time have we already lost worrying about it?"
"If a man loses pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured, or far away."
Henry David Thoreau
So let's take the famous words of Henry David Thoreau to heart and march to the beat of our own drum!