Twice Removed

It gets harder and harder
To remove yourself
From the success or failure
Of the work you do
As you become increasingly
Invested in it.
Nothing destroys
Your chances of creating wonderful things
Quite as quickly
As being too closely entwined
With the outcomes.
Sure, one hopes for recognition
And applause is a sign
That you’re onto something
But that’s not where
The secret sauce comes from-
Its not where the magic resides.
Important work isn’t always praised
And what’s praised isn’t always important-
Better to be removed somewhat
From both the wins and the losses
And rather identify yourself
With the work itself.
Do the work-
The best fruit will bear
On its own.

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