You say public recognition is fleeting. But would you have continued your path if no one was listening to your songs?
Hi John –
No, I suppose I would have found something else to do career-wise. I imagine I would still write songs, but without hope of earning a living through them.
Recognition, praise, attention—whatever you want to call it—goes in spurts, though. My friend Fred says you need to ask yourself whether anybody ever throws you a proverbial bone. It’s ridiculous to think you can have a bone thrown at you all day every day. But if you never ever get a bone tossed your way, then you might want to rethink the career path you’re on.
I’ve been in that state a number of times and it’s painful. Especially since my love language is words of affirmation. I’m serious. I don’t really care about money, but I will go THE DISTANCE for an atta boy. But just when I think nobody’s going to thrown me a bone, somebody does. And that’s been key for me continuing to the next level.
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