For some reason, I felt your words were filled with so much peace. I enjoyed reading this.
I’ve come to realize that the only thing we can control for sure is how much work we put into the things we love. Feedback may help, awards may stir up joy, comments may leave us feeling great or terrible.
But the one variable that cuts across the board between the greats and the almost greats or for those like us who have been told all our lives ‘oh, you have potential’ is how much we work.
I love how you painted the image of doing the work. It reminds me of a book I love by one of my favorite creators, Srinivas Rao. The book is titled ‘An Audience of One : Reclaiming Creativity for its Own Sake’.
It always, always surprises me how surprised others are that my writing is good. I mean…I have learned to take the compliment now and not look/feel so awkward about it.
But when I think about it logically, and I take into consideration how high my standards are, two things occur to me :
- I’ve been writing for a long time. My writing is supposed to improve the more I practice. It only makes sense.
- I’m not even nearly as good as the people I look up to — but not everyone knows that.
- The feedback that expresses my growth only come from people who have been following for a long time and that let’s me know that building a community by being more intentional, showing up, and supporting others on the same journey is more important than any awards I’ll ever get.
I’m glad you wrote this, Cynthia. I’m really pleased my Facebook post spurred some of it.
I pray you give yourself the permission to show up daily, for the rest of this one life.
You’ve got potential. We all do.
It’s what we do with this gift that matters.
‘Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard’ — Kevin Durant