I heard this concept today. I quite liked the idea. It was said of a popular artist today who had written a book and took the time to critique his own work. They then started talking about how it was such a mature and humble thing to do. The reason he did it was to further clarify his work. It sounded like his work was misunderstood so he provided a critique so that it could be better understood.
I’m not sure what you think of this concept, but a few ideas stand out to me.
1. In order to critique your work, you have to have some work to critique. I’m not talking about a job, but fruits of labor. There are many people that can’t point to some of their work. Whether it’s a recording or an image that you painted to shot, having work first is quite an important piece in this endeavor.
2. One needs humility to critique their own work. It’s hard to do that and be critical, and you can only do so with security of self. Anyone can critique work – having the security to critique your own work – now that’s something else.
3. Do be able to create some masterful work and to be able to look back at it and gain insight or learn something completely different is phenomenal. Not only was it good enough work to share in the first place, it was such an incredible piece of work that it actually gives back – tremendous.
So the question is what work have you done? Are you able to critique your own work?