The Family Leach

Everyone has a famous relative. I’m related to Mark Twain, Dad says.

Some people use lineage as an excuse for work already done, living through the success of somebody else. But inherited fame is a cop-out. People are responsible for their own individual success.

What matters is your own work. You can take inspiration and even steal ideas from others. Combine the past into the present. Do whatever it takes to get started but get started now.

Recognition just happens to people that persist and ship again and again. Be the person who recognizes success and the machine that works even harder to repeat it.

Don’t be afraid to throw your shit out there and see what sticks. The Internet is a great place to publish and get instant feedback. Fame can be a drag anyway.

Be proud of who you are and those that put the effort in before you. Learn and let live.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.