If you’re an aspiring author, director, musician, startup founder, these long stretches of nothing are a huge reason why it’s important to pick something personally meaningful, something that you actually love to do.
If you’re good, and you know you’re good, and you know you’re better than those people getting paid to do it, you still have to have an open ear. Nobody’s music is the enemy of your music. The idea that someone else has made it when they shouldn’t have made it is toxic thinking.
The likelihood and the odds of replicating anyone else’s success are nil. And so the real definition of success is essentially, How comfortable are you in your own skin, and are you heading in a direction that gives you a sense of hope for the future, or a sense of, at least, engagement with life? And that has nothing to do with all these outward trappings.
But this is the central question of personhood: Is there anything more important than being whoever you actually are?