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Toots and Nods

We live in the age of selfie narcissism that begs people to pay attention to their own face and their own work. But tweeting our own horn is a bit passé.

We’re all in danger of sounding like a press release. Showing off in our shares just becomes noise to other people. We look like an ass.

I’m not suggesting that we hoard our work. We should always be sharing our work, teaching what we learn, revealing our processes, and embracing our ‘scenius.’.

“You have to start pointing your attention toward the world that you want to enter. If you want to get fans, you have to start out as a fan.”

Austin Kleon

We should try limit sharing our own work only to the point that it helps others or contributes to the conversation. Our main focus should be showing appreciation to others, giving them credit for helping us formulate our own ideas.

Despite the rise of anonymous social networks like Secret and Whisper, the web still prospers around authenticity. As creators, students, and teachers, we need the honest feedback so we can keep getting better.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.