Feedback is one of the most important facets for any endeavor that requires creative thinking. Many creative types brainstorm with others to come up with the best ideas. Detectives and lawyers discuss aspects of their cases with their colleagues. Even Dr. House (remember him?) had a team of specialists to assist him.
It’s the same way for businesses owners and managers. If you’re engaged in an important creative task like writing a book, creating a video, or making an online course, feedback is absolutely critical.
Why is Feedback Important?
The value of feedback is that it provides you with a perspective that’s different from your own. Often you can get stuck on one thing because you keep on thinking about the same issues and the same situation. But when you receive feedback, it can spark new ideas in your mind that you probably know, but may have somehow forgotten or have overlooked. With feedback, you are forced to look at a problem from another angle, enabling you to avoid making the same mistakes again and again.
Feedback from an Expert
When you ask for feedback from an expert, you get more than just a comment. You also get advice, support and guidance as well.
This is especially crucial when you’re engaged in a creative assignment. You have to be inspired and focused, but that sort of mental atmosphere can’t be turned on at will all the time. Sometimes you get into a rut and you keep spinning your wheels. You forget to evaluate your goals, strategy, and direction to see if you’re really on the right path.
When you make time to evaluate these things, you are able to make course corrections and improvements. But the problem is that often we forget to make time for it. After all, when you’re done for the day, you just want to relax with friends and family. You probably don’t have the will to block a 3-hour segment for such evaluations
But who says you need to set aside extra time for such things on your own? That’s what a subject matter expert (a mastermind) is for. Join a mastermind group and that period of evaluation will be integrated into your regular schedule. You’ll then have to evaluate your situation on a regular basis. In fact, if you’re in a mastermind group that doesn’t force you to evaluate your situation regularly, you should really think about joining a new one.
Getting Feedback from Masterminds
So how do you find these masterminds? One easy way is a simple Google search, but make sure to do your due diligence on the groups, particularly the accomplishments of the group leader. Or you can ask some people in your industry or personal network to see if they have a mastermind they can recommend.
In fact, just associating with smart people can really help with your brainstorming efforts. These people don’t have to be better than you on everything. They can be on the same level, but still offer a different perspective.
Remember, you don’t have to do it alone. Sometimes it takes a team to create success.