This post is a combo platter of three ideas. One comes from an article I just read in "The New York Times" called "A Generation’s Vanity, Heard Through Lyrics." In it, John Tierney reports on a three-decades-long study by a Dr. DeWall, a psychologist at the University of Kentucky. "In a meta-analysis published last year in Social Psychological and Personality Science," Drs. DeWall, Twenge and Joshua D. Foster looked at data from nearly 50,000 students — including the new data from critics — and concluded that narcissism has increased significantly in the past three decades."
Second comes from a chat I had with my boss. We spent half an hour together lauding the ability of old-timers, like ourselves, to take a licking and keep on ticking. In other words, we, unlike so many youngish people, have the stamina to fight through the vicissitudes and hang in there until we sell something.
Finally, I found, on moreintelligentlife.com, the video I've pasted here. I like it because in a mere 94-seconds it shows the myriad decisions a creator has to make, the unending alterations, to make a work of art.
It's not easy doing what we do. And in our overly democratic work-worlds where everyone gets their say, and everyone can take potshots, it's hard to get work produced. It's not all about you. You have to suck it in and take it some times.
But you are not alone if you can.