I came across a @jonlovett tweet in my timeline this morning that read: “no matter who you are or what you achieve, you need people in your life who will roll their eyes at you when you deserve it.”
I agree and would push it just a bit further: the more and more you “achieve,” the more you will need The Eyerollers in your life.
In the arts, a fine example is George Lucas, of whom I wrote about in my post, “Fevered Egos”: “Creative people need somebody around telling them how dumb they’re being.”
Eyerollers are not naysayers. They’re not constantly cynical or skeptical or negative about your work. They don’t keep you down. They keep you in check. They’re editors.
See also: “You probably don’t deserve it.”