Your work is never about you–it’s your job, that’s all. And just like any job, you show up, do your best to complete the tasks before you and go home to your personal and private life.
These two things don’t go together: personal worth and professional output (work). They are separate and if you try to blend, meld or otherwise confuse them for each other you will suffer that most awful of clichés–the mad, crazy artist–and most likely make a mess of your life.
The marketplace is made up of fickle buyers, subjective critics, jealous competitors, and a particular phenomenon called time. All of which is unreal and unrelated to your value as a person. Hold dear those who exhibit sanity and respect for the truth in their work and in your own: these are treasured friends and colleagues.
From Martha Graham: “The critic thinks he is giving me to the public. He is not.
He’s giving his idea of me to the public. It can be harmful. It can be helpful. But it has never influenced me.”
- Always be you… (heartsofjune.wordpress.com)
- There is Only One of You in all of Time (cherylmcdonough.wordpress.com)
- Should Your Personal Life Matter at Work? (thehighcalling.org)
- Balancing Your Personal and Professional Life: The Struggle for Every Leader (noobpreneur.com)