#19 Find a source (or several sources) of motivation. I would advise that your list of motivational wellsprings not include money or fame. Vindication is a good one, though. Whatever you use to inspire yourself, hang on to it.
The words of Ralph Waldo Emerson (easilythe coolest Ralph in the history of Ralphs, not to mention Waldos…) always speak to me, personally.
“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.”
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.”
“Every artist was first an amateur.”
“If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and stare.”
“As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.”
And my favourite:
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”