I recently read a touching post from an internet friend and artist, Janine. Thank you, Janine, for baring your soul and inspiring me to write this post.
Janine paints beautiful abstracts and is also an excellent photographer. She displayed her work at a craft fair and sold only two small pieces, and those to a fellow exhibitor. She is passionate about her work, but she lost money on the show.
Janine has some medical problems which limit her ability to pursue regular work. That, combined with the craft fair failure, led her to say,
“I feel such a failure as a human being… At the moment I am fighting doubts about what I am doing and have a sense of continued failure.”
Janine, you are not unique in your struggle with disappointment and the absence of external validation for what you do. In fact, it is the core problem that most of my clients have when they come to me for help.