I was reminded today of something very important. It’s something that I struggle with on a daily basis is pretty much every area of my life. The best way to sum it up is from the lips of Bill Cosby. He said, “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” I take advice from everyone and inadvertently place the opinion of others at a high priority. As an artist of any kind, this is dangerous. We need thick skin because there are an endless number of critics out there. Those who say we can’t write worth a damn. Those who tell use we’re no good. Don’t listen to them. Listen to your calling. I think I’m supposed to write. I have to do it.
I don’t have some profound conclusion to draw or an articulate way to sum up the way this is has been on my mind all day. I guess at the end, we have to press on. Whatever path we take, if we know it’s the right one, we need to continue. There are people that will support us in the right way. They are the ones who give constructive criticism out of love, not destructive words from a place of hate.
So artists, creators, lovers and friends, keep doing your thing. Don’t please everyone. You can’t. And that’s OK.