The freedom of being ignored

I’ve never met an overnight success.

They’re like unicorns. Everyone wants to be one but no one actually is.

Most high performers spend a long period of late nights and early mornings sharpening their “superskill” — the thing that separates them from the rest of the pack. During this stage, chances are people aren’t paying attention to or paying these creators for that skill. LIkely because they don’t know the person exists or they’re paying attention to and paying someone who they think is better.

If this is where you’re at, here’s some unsolicited advice: Enjoy it while it lasts.

There’s so much freedom in being ignored when you’re in the early stages of a project or pivot. Because if you’ve created a solution to a problem (or an object of desire) a specific group of people want and can produce it in a modality they can’t get anywhere else, then the market will eventually catch up and start to recognize you with their time and dollars.

In the meantime, screw up as often as possible. Take risks like no one’s watching (because no one’s watching). Study people who do what you do at the level you want to do it. Forgive yourself for rushing your divine timing.

And when the bright lights finally affix themselves on you, don’t act like you woke up like this. We have enough people unwilling to be honest about what it takes to create meaningful work. This unwillingness has borne a society full of folks who think an extraordinary life is a birthright just because they got a degree or know a few people.

This shit takes work. Lots of it. Thank goodness a lot of it occurs when no one’s looking.