“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.