When you start down your creative path, when you start saying no, it’s going to be a mindset shift for both you and the people who know you.
They say “You’re a different person”
And you’ll have to realize you’re actually the same person. You’ve just stopped denying your dreams.
They say “Do you think you’re better than me?”
And you’ll have to wrestle with that. DO you? I hope not. I hope you realize what you do is insignificant, but you’ve got to do it anyway.
I hope you realize everyone has a role to play, and all you’re doing is stepping into yours.
They say “Look at our big shot Artist.”
And you’ll have to disregard the sarcasm. Comments like this generally come from insecurity.
They say “Aren’t you Lisa’s son?”
And you’ll have to remember even a prophet is disregarded in his home town. Those who knew you at your youngest will take the longest to come around.
They say “You’re antisocial!”
And you’ll remember it’s not the absence of people you seek. It’s the margin to reach new ones. It’s finding the ideas that could change people who understand your point of view, not convincing the ones who don’t.
They say “Come out! You can’t change the world in one night!”
And you’ll have to remember that’s true. BUT, you have to balance the investment you’re making in them with the investment you’re making in your future.
Invest comes from a root meaning “to give a new form.”
Remember, there is no new form without investment.
They say “Who do you think you are?”
And you better be ready to answer them.