One in every crowd

Thought for the day from Seth Godin’s blog:

The fabled comedian is killing it at a club that seats 400. One guy in the back, though, isn’t laughing.

Miles Davis was shunned by a few people in the audience, even at his coolest.

The theater critic at the Times might not like this play, the one that made people cry and sold tickets for years.

And just about every blog post and book listing collects a trolling comment from someone who didn’t like it, didn’t read it or didn’t agree with it (or all three) and isn’t shy about speaking up with a sharp tongue.

For those people, the message from the creator of the work is clear: “It’s not for you.”

Unanimity is impossible unless you are willing to be invisible. We can be unanimous in our lack of feedback for the invisible one.

For everyone else, though, the ability to say, “It’s not for you,” is the foundation for creating something brave and important. You can’t do your best work if you’re always trying to touch the untouchable, or entertain those that refuse to be entertained.

“It’s not for you.”

This is easy to say and incredibly difficult to do. You don’t have much choice, though, not if you want your work to matter.

4 Comments on “One in every crowd

  1. Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.”

    If even Jesus got heckled, who among us can expect anything different? 😉

      • Thanks, Pat. I’m good. RGR’s on haitus, RAYGUN CHRONICLES is a go, and I’m doing a little blogging over at Amazing Stories. It feels like I’ve been taking a break. I guess I’ve needed it. I enjoy reading stuff from other working writers / editors. Gives me hope that I’ll be able to get back into the groove when the time is right.

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