How do you stand out?
How do you get your message across?
How do you stay true to yourself and your art with out compromising integrity?
I think a good way to stay on track is by being extremely selective with who you go to for input and advice.
No matter how many people admire and support your talent, no one will ever be able to 100% understand or envision your idea. The idea, the goal, the final product is sitting clearly in the minds eye of an artist, and the only way someone can experience and understand it is after the final product has come into existence.
This is not to say that you shouldn't ask questions or for advice, but ask it of people who understand your industry and your medium. People who you admire and find successful. Non-artists often find it difficult understanding artistic work and it can be frustrating explaining your vision to someone who is just not going to understand until they see the final product.
Reach out to people who understand and possibly work in your arena. They will have better insights to offer you and help keep you on track.
However, there is a big difference between asking questions and seeking answers.
How do you know you're asking the right questions? The answer will only be as good as the questions you asked.
Those who seek answers are taken on a path of growth, discovery and end with a richer and more robust insight to what they were seeking.
You are as intelligent as the company you keep and as wise as the knowledge you seek. So seek the answers and never just ask a question. Consider and weigh different view points from people then adapt and make it something that works for you.
It's a bad idea to take advise from someone and try to make it a template for yourself. No two stories or paths are the same, what worked for one will not exactly work for another. Remember that all the advice, in the end are just guidelines and not written in stone facts of what you should be doing.
Appreciate the time, effort and energy someone takes out of their day to help you as well. Never use people for answers and disappear. This is one of my all time pet peeves, information is not accumulated over night. The information someone is offering you took them days, months and years of research and a lot of trial and error. Realize how important and valuable information is and how much time and energy that person just saved you on your journey. Be grateful, say thank-you and follow up, always!