Enduring Through Failure or Success

From the micro chapter called, A Professional Does Not Take Failure (or Success) Personally, Steven Pressfield writes about having the strength of character to conquer the fear of rejection.

Here is a passage from the micro chapter.

“The professional loves her work. She is invested in it wholeheartedly. But she does not forget that the work is not her. Her artistic self contains many works and many performances. Already the next is percolating inside her. The next will be better, and the one after that better still.

The professional self-validates. She is tough-minded. In the face of indifference or adulation, she assesses her stuff coldly and objectively. Where it fell short, she’ll improve it. Where it triumphed, she’ll make it better still. She’ll work harder. She”ll be back tomorrow.

The professional give an ear to criticism, seeking to learn and grow. But she never forgets that Resistance is using criticism against her on a far more diabolical level.”

You can be invested deeply into a creative work and when it’s finished, step back, learn from it, then start the next.

Regardless of external appreciation or criticism what really matters is your objective validation.

The work is not you!

You’re so much more than the work that you produce.

You are the wellspring where an infinite amount of creation flows.

Chris Beaven

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