Kanye West had a bad week.
No matter what else happens, I’ve had a better week than Kanye. I’m powering through a head cold, which I know is probably Zika Virus. I had Mexican food this week, and Mexico is close to the Caribbean where the Zika Virus lives – so, I must have Zika. My head feels all small and pinched up, like a little Zika baby. But I still have it better than Kanye.Poor Kanye was emasculated by a skinny little white girl on worldwide television after a feeble attempt to take credit for her success. Taylor Swift said, “There are going to be people along the way who are going to try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame. But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going, you’ll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there. And that will be greatest feeling in the world.” She’s got a great point. In the music industry, in writing, or heck, just life in general; you don’t need to get sidetracked by all the social clutter and flocks of asshats. Petty jealously, negativity and all the Kanyes out there take too much energy to deal with. And they are just a distraction to your creativity and all they do is pull you down.
I need good people around me to be at my best. People who encourage, rather than tear down, support, not drain, and people who challenge you, not block you from your goals. And, occasionally, you need the right person to give you a swift kick in the ass when you need it. The writing community is a strange place where its inhabitants compete with and support one another at the same time. We cheer the successes and share a lament in the bad times.
That doesn’t mean that I don’t get a twinge of the green-eyed Kanyes when I see another author’s sales take off. I’m human after all. But, I celebrate their hard work and use it as motivation to double down on my own. Finish all the words. Do the work. It would be too easy to give in and give up and steal someone else’s glory when your path gets a bit muddy. Like Kanye.
Kanye has had a tough week. Gets his butt kicked on television, claims he’s $54 million in debt, begs Mark Zuckerberg for a billion dollar investment (on Twitter), yet claims he is the most influential person in history. Yeah, Kanye had a tough week. Don’t be like Kanye.