What do you think of this?
You do it, I do it, alot and lately I started to wonder why I bother. You know the moment. You just designed a webpage, or finished a report, or created a rocket company or took a photo and you turn to your friend, usually just 1, and ask them what they think. You're proud of your work, and you need it validated. So you fight that instinct, and you go for it. And normally, it doesn't end well. And here's why.
Normally, the reason that you show something off, or "ask an opinion" if you will, is because you yourself think it's amazing work. And you may be right. So the question is, if it's already amazing work, then why does it need to be validated? Answer me that, if you will. The best that you can hope for is a "Oh man, that's a great idea". Which, you already knew going into this scenario. The worst you can hope for is pretty much anything else.
More than likely you're setting yourself up to be disappointed, for a few reasons . . .