As humans, we want to be appreciated. We want our work to be recognised and know that we’re making some sort of progress.
But when you set-out to live your passion and fulfill your life’s work, it’s very easy to lose focus of your intended goal and get distracted by the craving for recognition.
Sometimes, we end-up believing that our work is only useful if a lot of people talk about it. Many a speaker believes that his lecture was a success only if lots of people turned up to listen to him. We’ve managed to convince ourselves that an article is only good if it goes viral or gets thousands of shares.
If you’re a writer, is your life’s work to write or is it to make sure you get on to a bestseller list? Many bloggers today spend less time blogging and more time trying to increase the hits their sites receive.
In the rush to be recognised we’ve lost sight of the work we set out to do and the people we wanted to be.
If a teacher spends his time making sure his students get good grades so that he will be known as a great teacher, is he teaching or just trying to get an award?
We lessen the impact of our work when we spend our energies on our critics. When we try to convince them to see the beauty of our plans. Why do so many people spend so much of time trying to justify their dreams to those who don’t believe in them? Is the goal to find supporters or to achieve something that will bring you fulfillment? When you allow the negative views of someone else to weaken your belief in your dreams, you’re not doing your work; you’re wasting time,time that should be spent on building your dreams.
You’re not here to find followers or build fan-clubs. You’re here to build a life a you can be proud of; a life you look forward to waking up to.
So, are you doing your work?
You owe it to yourself to lead a life you can be proud of!