I forgot how I found this, but it’s been posted in my line of sight on my cubicle wall:
How to Feel Miserable as an Artist
- Constantly compare yourself to other artists.
- Talk to your family about what you do and expect them to cheer you on.
- Base the success of your entire career on one project
- Stick with what you know.
- Undervalue your expertise.
- Let money dictate what you do.
- Bow to societal pressures.
- Only do work that your family would love.
- Do whatever the client/customer/gallery owner/patron/investor asks.
- Set unachievable/overwhelming goals. To be accomplished by tomorrow.
I do a lot of these things frequently, but remember this list to snap me back into proper form within reasonable time. It’s all quite good advice.