A convenient excuse for not writing everyday: I won’t have time for feedback.

Who says you always need feedback?

It’s good to know that what you’re writing or creating makes sense. It’s good to have your arguments arranged coherently and designed clearly. It’s good to make your ideas user-friendly. This is what feedback and peer review is for. “Have I made my point? Do you understand what I’m trying to say?”

However, feedback becomes counterproductive when we rely on it too much. When we lean too heavily on other people’s opinions, we lose trust in ourselves. Too tied to other people’s ideas, we become like codependent puppies, whining and barking whenever our mommy steps outside. This leads to feedback-attachment-syndrome. The harshest symptom is a lack of trust in your own convictions. The only remedy is to quit relying on feedback for everything.

Be warned: dropping your attachment to feedback leads to hubris unless it’s replaced with a commitment to quality.

Liberated from feedback-attachment-syndrome, we flip the question from earlier, asking: do I understand what I’m trying to say?

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