Polyclitus of Sicyon, a famous sculptor, once worked at the same time on two similar statues. One in public and the other in secret. For the latter he consulted only his own genius, but for the former he accepted every bit of advice and made every little adjustment that the critics suggested.
After finishing both statues, he exhibited them in public, side by side. One statue that had been the fruit of his genius was extolled endlessly, but the other was criticized brutally.
‘Athenians,’ said Polyclitus, ‘the statue you criticize is your work, and the one you so admire is mine.’
Excellence comes not from listening to everyone but from acting according to one’s convictions. It is indeed important that people know what you stand for, but it is equally important that they know what you won’t stand for.
Quote: “In the matter of principles, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current.” – Thomas Jefferson