Sometimes the first impulse is to see where is our place and where do I fit in. I did some social experiments of my own just to see people's reactions to my work. My conclusion was rather predictable and yet unsettling. If I was to make that corny song you hear on the radio, you know the one that has no meaningful lyrics or repetitive chorus; yeah that one. Well then my peers will find many faults with that tune. Suddenly they become music critics, or even worse, music producers! Since they are suggesting to me how to correct the track. Wow! So again I choose to beat at my own drum. Stay clear of family and friend critics cause they can affect your perception of your concepts. So may get it, some may not.
What they need to learn to do is learn to appreciate art in it's creative process. And not compare it to other original works.