Minimal Feedback for Flow
I have discovered that the three things I need to know, to steer my writing, is: is it boring, is it confusing, it is arrogant? I call that the minimal feedback for flow. So what you want to do, is you first want to figure out what the minimal feedback for flow is. Now I have somebody in my life, my editor, who's sitting back there. Michael reads everything I write. Usually a couple days after I write it, and he gives me three bits of information. Is it boring, is it arrogant, is it confusing. That is the minimal feedback I need to course-correct, to stay into flow. I don't want overwhelming amounts of feedback. That's too much. I want the minimal feedback for flow. If you don't want to hire an editor, if you don't have that kind of relationship at work, if you don't, find a feedback buddy. Find somebody in this class. Find a friend to partner with. Get somebody in your life who can give you that kind of feedback, work feedback, creative feedback, when you need it, as fast as possible.
Figure out how often a week you want it. And now here's, we're gonna future-cast, we did retro-casting exercise earlier, we're going to future-cast a little bit to try to come up with the minimal feedback for flow for each of you guys. So, one, when was your last great creative flow state? Just write it down, think about your last really great creative flow state. Now, I want you to think about that, when you were in your last great creative flow state, how often did you get feedback when you were in that flow state? Finally, what kind of feedback was most effective? This is a really critical question. And these are not easy things to think about, and you are probably not going to get the most rigorous minimal feedback for flow answer out of this exercise. You will get a little bit of direction to steer from, what I would tell you is to pay attention over time. When you find yourself in a deep flow state, figure out what kind of feedback you've been getting. Where has it been coming from? What was it? In which way did it come? Figure out what it is that you need to know about your performance to make it better. figure out what style of feedback you like. Some people respond really well to harsh negative criticism. Maybe you're not wired that way. Maybe you need positive encouragement. Maybe that's the kind of feedback you need. Maybe you need somebody to look at your work and go, "Oh my god, this, this, and this, those were the amazing things. Everything else, whatever, these things drive them forward." Whatever it is, figure it out. And when you guys are done, I'm curious to hear, I'm always kind of curious about what kind of feedback works for people. So, I want a couple examples. So I just want a couple people just to stand up and read me through your answers. First, tell us what it is that you do creatively, tell us what your last flow state is, and how often do you receive feedback, and what kind of feedback worked for you. Love to hear from you guys.
So, my last creative flow was, I made a number of videos to promote my new book, and it just flowed really easily. One of them was really funny, and the two most effective pieces of feedback I got, were one was from myself. It felt good, and I was laughing doing it, and laughing afterward. So I knew I was on the right track. And the other successful feedback was from a friend of mine who gave me constructive criticism, saying here's what you can change to make it better. And I didn't take that personally, I said that's really valuable.
Okay, so A, humor is the sign for you that you're moving in the right direction, and B, you like more positive feedback than negative feedback.
It was negative, it was, "Here's what was crappy about it, and you need to fix, actually."
Oh, okay. Inverse.
So it was constructive, but it was, "This sucks, and change it."
(laughing) I've gotten that criticism before.