‘It is a joy to be hidden, and a disaster not to be found.’


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Success bears responsibility. All of a sudden, your work and words mean something because the first time in your life people who you’ve never met are listening to you.

“It is a joy to be hidden, and a disaster not to be found.”– D.W. Winnicott

The alternative to fame is anonymity. Van Gogh gained recognition after he died. Before that, he had only sold one painting to his brother.

For some, success turns people into leaders. For others, it causes them to curl back into their shell and their echoes to faint. The spotlight curbs their creative freedom.

For the rare few, they keep on trucking and stick to the person they’ve always been. When it comes to any notoriety, self-expression should always trump impression. The latter is never the point of doing good work.

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10 thoughts on “‘It is a joy to be hidden, and a disaster not to be found.’”

    1. Yeah, it’s a tough balance. It’s vital to share our work but also the work of others. #karma

    1. Thanks Rebecca, I prefer low-key as well. As long as we do work that matters, everything else will take care of itself.

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