Money and success. Those are the two things I avoid writing about as much as I can.
Instead, I want to focus on doing work that matters and creating your art.
Still, there are days when they creep up to me. To us.
Maybe they simply are part of our reality.
If there's one thing preventing you from succeeding, it's not discouragement, mediocrity, pride, or a singular focus on success or money. (But, they do play a part.)
It's not showing up.
No matter how you feel, whether you're up or you're down, whether you're at your best or at your worst, you have to keep showing up.
I love what Hugh MacLeod shared on his blog about Seth Godin:
Have you noticed the way Seth never really does anything that big, he just “shows up” every day at the same place (i.e. his blog)?
Sure, he launches new ideas, books and products all the time, but they never seem to be some massive thing he bet the farm on. Just little continuations on what he was doing already.
Sure, some projects are bigger than others, some more successful than others, but that doesn’t matter.
Showing up is what matters.
You don't have to do something amazing or make something big. You just have to show up.