Ryan Holiday recently wrote a great piece on the importance of working on your craft, and how “your work is the only thing that matters”:
There is a story about an exchange between Jerry Seinfeld and a young comedian. The comedian approaches Seinfeld in a club one night and asks him for advice about marketing and getting exposure.
Exposure? Marketing? Seinfeld asks. Just work on your act.
No one pursuing an artistic career wants to hear what sits at the core of Seinfeld’s advice: Your work isn’t good enough. Keep your head down. You still have a long way to go.
An artist’s job is to create masterpieces. Period.
Everything else is secondary.