I see a loss of logic in this notion.
It would be incorrect for you to assume that just because someone makes 7 figures per year he’s “a sellout?” That’s assinine. [Yes, I deliberatelymisspeled asinine for a reason you can figure out on your own].
“Perfectionism is evil. It keeps you from giving your best in the now because you’re always waiting to get everything purr-fect before you make a move. It’s okay to strive for perfection but it’s not okay to expect perfection. Those who expect perfection live disappointing lives filled with tension, regret and denial. Oh, what could have been if I’d only stopped waiting for everything to be perfect before I did something?”
Most people giving advice, including most coaches and teachers… have little if any original thinking left inside their skulls. They promote sameness. They promote an “everyone fits in” mentality.
Here’s something for these people to consider: “Greatness doesn’t come in a one-size fits all box. Greatness isn’t sameness. Greatness comes from being different enough from everyone else that people can’t help but notice you.”
And yes, that even means being a little bit out of step in how you write with deliberate misspellings – if you so choose.
Keep in mind that e.e. cummings could have been E.E. Cummings or Edwin Estlin Cummings or Ed Cummings or Edwin Cummings.
But he went by the lower case “e.e. cummings.”
Was that perfect?
Yes and No.
And that’s what made it beautiful.
What about J.R.R. Tolkien?
Why not just be J.R. Tolkien?
Or why not be John Ronald Reuel Tolkien?
Once again, just a little bit different is enough. The great ones understand
The perfectionistas don’t get this – and never will.
Rest assured, back in their day, I’m sure there were contemporaries of e.e. cummings and J.R.R. Tolkien who labeled them as “sellouts.”
They were the “cave potatoes of their generation who’ve reincarnated as “coach potatoes” for today’s new whirld order
So sayeth the Zen Master.
P.S. Want to be the same as everyone else? To fit in? To be one of the crowd? Then please do NOT buy Theatre of the Mind. It’ll make you very uncomfortable if you ever rise up and become all you’re meant to be.