The Artist's Way: (Link)
We spend a lot of time measuring things. We measure our self-worth, we measure time, measure food, we measure everything! A measurement isn’t any good without a decent frame of reference. A lot of artists make the mistake of referencing masterworks of master artists, and measuring themselves against masters’ most profound works! I am one of those artists.
But, I have learned that my measurements were all sorts of messed up. Measuring like that is a sure way to succeed at feeling like a failure. That’s an awful frame of reference. We can’t measure ourselves against master’s masterpieces. We need their student work to see the growth, and struggle through that growth that these masters endured.
Just remember as you make art, and grow, that real criticism feels good. Blanket irrational statements that can’t be directly refuted aren’t criticism. They’re an opinion! Encouragement is an essential nutrient for your soul as an artist. Encourage yourself, and do the work that you know you need to do. Stop resisting the flow of the universe. It wants you to be the best you.
"No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently."
~Agnes De Mille