Do You Love It?
The course of true love never runs smooth. That is true in relationships, as it is in business.
I finished reading Seth Godin's What to Do When It's Your Turn (and It's Always Your Turn) the other night. I highly recommend it; it's a wonderful volume that explains, through anecdotes and examples, why dedicating ourselves to serving a higher purpose is always the right move. Godin does an excellent job of breaking down our human tendency to stand in the way of our own goals, while identifying the internal and societal reasons why we choose the "safe route" at our own expense.
I was particularly moved by the book's closing thoughts. As creative individuals, there is an element of ourselves that we pour into our work. At times, we naturally turn to our fears to protect us from rejection -- as, for many of us, a rejection of our ideas equates to a rejection of ourselves.
However, that rejection -- and specifically, our ability to recognize it as feedback -- is a necessary part of the process. To fear it, and to have that fear manifest itself in the form of inaction, is a surefire way to rob ourselves of experiencing the composite experience of love.
See if this passage resonates with you. I would love to know what you think in the comments!