Be a territorial artist, not a hierarchical one.
What happens in a hierarchy.
If you define yourself as an artist in a hierarchical manner, it will take over your whole career. You will always be competing with your fellow artists to elevate your rank You will base your happiness and success by your ranking order in the hierarchy. Because of this, you may even begin to base all your decisions on how it will affect your placement in the hierarchy!
Hierarchical artists will spend more time on advancing their position in the hierarchy than on their art, an activity which will only promote stress and unhappiness. Territorial artists focus on their art - they are creating it simply for the sake of creating it.
- Be a territorial artist instead.
Every time you begin working on your art, focus on it as if you are the only person on the planet with no one to impress.