A tsunami survivor is on the beach. They see the ocean recede into the distance and realize what it means.
So they start alerting people to what’s coming. But rather than listen, the people ask their friends what the water receding could mean. And their friends give them all kinds of answers. And many of them are reassuring.
“It’s a hoax.” “We haven’t had a tsunami for 100 years.” “I’m sure it will be fine.”
So they do very little when they could be doing a lot.
Too many people spend too much time trying to be popular — or trying to produce popular things — an not enough time doing things that they’ll be proud of no matter the outcome is.
Being truly proud of your work and what you accomplish is rewarding regardless of its popularity.
Consistently doing — and seeking out things you can do that you’ll be proud of, no matter how things turn out — can be tremendously rewarding and will often increase one’s sense of self-worth and feelings about their life.