Can you relate to this? Day after day and possibly week after week, you were up with the rooster and still going strong when others were "chilling." Yet, you heard only minimal claps, cheers, and/or glad cries...if any. Perhaps you even wondered if a Geiger counter itself could have detected any interest in what you were doing. And maybe that pattern still repeats itself now and then?
Sure, you may have little need for attention, support, and/or kudos, but at least a shred of "external" enthusiasm might be nice now and then, right? So, going forward, perhaps remind yourself that tepid or zero interest may actually have little to do with you and/or your enterprise of the moment. As you'll have noted, people tend to be rather preoccupied these days...and not only with their "devices."
For example, some may be pursuing big goals themselves...or perhaps are worried, unhappy, overwhelmed, and/or ill. Any of those might keep someone (or several "someones") from leaping onto your wagon and waving banners. BUT—as you cut those folks a break, do keep hanging in yourself.
Others may be a rather different story, perhaps feeling
uncomfortable if you begin to shift even slightly from your customary role(s), or if they
think you’re somehow pulling "closer to" or “ahead of" them. Go figure, but whatever, right? So, perhaps they question what you're doing or trash you in other ways...such as saying or doing things meant to dampen your enthusiasm for a new goal/path or simply ignoring your "outputs" and personal triumphs.
If you do hang out now and then with competitive people or those with certain self-esteem issues, grinching tendencies, a
jealousy habit, etc., maybe you might consider sharing your goals and
dreams less generously with them? That is, unless you're good with
silence, boredom, discouraging comments, and/or other tedious and transparent displays.
After all, at this stage do you actually care about the pitfalls/pratfalls others profess to see before you, or that friends of theirs have already done (allegedly) whatever you’re engaged in and maybe more than once?
In fact, do you even have time for such folk now? Unless they’re among your nearest and dearest, might you rather do more of your “depositing” where there’s a greater return? If it works for portfolios, perhaps it could work pretty well for your broader life, too. ;-)
This one: keep going for the goal, the dream, the imperative. During that journey, wherever it leads, you could encounter some wonderful "stuff." And if you will allow your fans a second vote, it might be this: should begrudgers, grinches, jerks, and/or nice-but-preoccupied people need some encouraging words themselves one day, you'll share more generously with them than they could manage with you.
Do the first three specimens warrant such consideration? From an eye-for-an-eye perspective, perhaps not. But each time you extend a helping hand or some thoughtful/encouraging words to person or beast, you
create positive ripples. Since your own karma no doubt benefits as well, you'll have created a double-win simply with some considerate behavior. Nice work!
In the meantime, just as well keep right on truckin'. And you might also bear in mind the philosopher Rumi's advice to the effect that, when undertaking a journey, you avoid directions from those who may never have left home. But that'll be up to you, tiger. ;-)
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