“One day, people who don’t believe in you will tell everyone how well they know you.”  — Kent Youngstrom

Kent is an artist — and an inspiration for others who aspire to be. He shares lessons about his journey toward claiming the identity of being an artist, the self-doubt that preceded his embracing of the title, and some of the inner glory that came once he owned it.

I have his quote in my office and think of the many times that I have faced doubters who have later claimed proximity to success. It’s a tough job to forge a new path, to strike out on your own or to do something out of the ordinary. It is most certainly lonely.

But hopefully, the work you create or the difference you make will lead to personal satisfaction, regardless of what others believe. Keep making your art.

 

 

 

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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