If you require acceptance from others to be happy you might not make a good artist.

I’ve been writing songs, composing music, self-publishing books, and creating websites for years. If I required acceptance as a creator I might have stopped being creative 30 years ago.

The majority of people I know who listen to my electronic music tell me it’s weird, or just plain noise. My family, friends, and colleagues have rarely visited any of my websites. My parents never really accepted the fact that I’m a songwriter.

But you know what? I could care less. It doesn’t matter what others think. It only matters that the artist loves what they do.

Let’s dig a little deeper into this topic.

Feeling like people are not accepting of you or your art might be false in the first place. More likely the people who you believe are being unaccepting are actually just too busy doing their own thing to notice what you’re doing.

Most humans are pretty self-centered, caught up in our own day-to-day lives. We all have jobs to do and bills to pay. Reading another essay on creatvity and listening to a 10-minute drone composition might not be on our schedule.

So stop worrying about acceptance. Just do what you do and love it. With enough time and effort you’ll surely gain a few fans. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.