Some people will be threatened by your ambition.
Some people will be threatened by your work ethic.
Some people will be threatened by your talent.
Some people will be threatened by your personality.
Some people will be threatened by your intelligence.
Some people will gossip to anyone who will listen that you’re irrelevant as a way to protect themselves from being seen as irrelevant.
Some people will try to define you by work you did ten years ago as a way to dismiss your creative growth.
And, in the short term, their tactics may work. People may listen to and believe them. In the long term though, their actions to dismiss you will backfire. People will see your work speak for itself.
Keep pursuing your goals.
Keep showing up.
Keep developing your creative muscle.
If the work you do makes life more enjoyable or easier to navigate, then the work you do makes the world a better place.
Ignore the noise. We need you.
Originally published March 2016