Most people ignorantly suppose that artists are the decorators of our human existence, the esthetes to whom the cultivated turn when the real business of the day is done… Far from being merely decorative, the artist’s awareness is one of the few guardians of the inherent sanity and equilibrium of the human spirit that we have.
— Robert Motherwell
February 26, 2014 at 3:50pm
January 13, 2014 at 10:20am
- Bill Waterson
The misguidance of love is that it’s all about feeling good. But pride is what makes something worthwhile. Pride is what makes you care about the quality and impact of your work.
Loving what you do is not enough. The love we talk about when it comes to our work is fleeting. You can fall out of love through boredom or distraction, but pride runs much deeper. Pride doesn’t come and go with how fun things are. Pride is what gets you through the tough times when you just want to quit. Pride is the understanding that what you do and how you do it is a reflection of your character.
Francisco Dao on why, in the quest to find fulfilling work that doesn’t feel like work, loving what you do is not enough.
And yet, it’s crucial not to confuse pride with prestige, the ultimate warper of purpose.