Sometimes you really need to be told your work is good.
My current instructor put together a file of last week’s best work (it was the final logo). Mine was included, which I was suprised to see. I didn’t think it was that good.
It’s nice to have someone who’s in the field tell you something is good. I know Joe tells me and you all tell me, but I think you would tell me it was good even if it was horrible. After all, if a friend asks you how they look you’d never say “ugly”. Not that I want you to stop saying that my work is good.