Friday, July 02, 2004

Who needs approval?

As children, we learn to crave for approval and sometimes I feel that it doesn't go away. I can understand feeling the need to get praised for something you do but if that's the sole reason for why you're doing something, you're better off doing something else.

The joy of anything is in the doing--not in the rewards that you get afterward. The work IS the fun. I think it's important to remember that. Too many people crave attention and approval and that's the entire joy-package for them. There's no permanence in that. You work for six months and get an approval that lasts for how long? A day? A week? Approvals are fleeting, they're evanescent.

The joy is in the process, the work, the creation. The rest is just gravy.


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