My niece: "Ooo! Can I do your hair?"
My sister: "Oh. Um... no. Sorry-- my hair is really dirty."
My niece: "That's okay! My hands are really dirty!"
Choosing who to have do your hair is kind of like choosing critique partners. Instead of finding someone whose hands are the same amount dirty as your hair, you've got to find someone whose skill level is close to your skill level to make the partnership really work. To be able to bring each other up to a higher level. If you partner with someone who is well above your skill level, the things they suggest can be overwhelming or even be something you can't pull off. If you partner with someone well below your skill level, you won't benefit as much from critiques.
Ahh. But when you find a critique partner or a critique group whose skills fit well together, magic happens. You rise together. And if you stick together long enough, you'll rise to the level you've been shooting for, and get to find out what lies beyond that.
Finding critique partners that fit with who and where you are pretty much rocks. I highly recommend it.