Who is your action or your gesture or your effort or even your career choice trying to please? is it your boss, your family or just yourself?
Every man that I've ever seen fail has failed for precisely the same reason: they pleases the wrong person. Think about it... lets take advertising champaign for examples.It wouldn't have launched if it hadn't pleased the boss or the client, right? Pleasing the wrong person meant failure.
The same thing is true on a deeper level in your career choice or what you write or what you say or what you sell or how you sell it: if you are working hard to please the wrong people, you'll fail.I witnessed many smart & intelligent people (depends on how you define intelligent) fail to live up to their capabilities because they not try (or even try) to please the most important people: their own self !!
Does that critic or that buyer or that spouse or that girlfriend or that investor really matter as much as you think they do? i don't.... serve yourself 1st.. but don't be arrogance to not take wisdom from others..