I think whether or not feedback is critical depends on who it’s from and when it’s given. If you’re getting feedback from someone who respects you and is providing that feedback before a piece of work goes public, it’s priceless.
But when “feedback” is from random people on the Internet after the work is done and put released into the world — it varies from maybe helpful to downright hurtful, with the latter being more common. That’s why we all say don’t read the comments.
People who say things like “you’re not a real ___”
are not the kind of people anyone trying to do creative work or learn a new thing needs feedback from.
Loved the velveteen rabbit quote!