The amateur dreads becoming who she really is because she fears that this new person will be judged by others as “different.” The tribe will declare us “weird” or “queer” or “crazy.” The tribe will reject us. Here’s the truth: the tribe doesn’t give a shit.
Steven Pressfield in his new book, Turning Pro, on the passage from amateur to professional.
I smiled when I read this because it’s so true, and in the best possible way. Everyone has their own stuff going on. No one is watching you, waiting to pounce. Rather, apathy in this context is a kind of invitation: “Prove yourself. Be so good we can’t ignore you.” It’s game on, and there’s nothing to fear about that.