Have you ever won a contest or received an award?
When I was a child, I used to participate in local music competitions playing the violin. I won several. Lost a lot more.
I always assumed the judges were outstanding and picked the most outstanding musicians. I never questioned or even thought about who the judges were.
Until I became a judge and noticed what was actually going on behind the scenes, at some competitions.
It’s one thing if one of your musical heroes says he loves your playing. It’s a completely different story if a random musician, who might not even play your instrument, disagrees with your interpretation.
The same story plays itself over and over again, whether it’s getting into the college of your choice, getting that job or promotion, or going to that “award-winning” restaurant.
Before putting too much emphasis on other people’s opinion, be curious enough to investigate how they came to that decision.
Or better yet, ask yourself “how can I make a difference without these gatekeeper’s approval?”
Because as the internet shrinks the world, the need for these gatekeepers dwindle. And the need for people to do truly incredible things grows.
Thanks for caring!