Happy New Year to you all. I hope the new decade has started off well.

I want to start off the year by giving you a simple mantra that I think you should carry with you into the next decade.

Don’t Whack!! Don’t Dope!!

I know this makes no sense but hear me out.

Part one of the mantra is Don’t Whack!! What I mean is. Do not listen to people when they say your work is whack. The truth is it might be whack. (Consider, it might actually suck). However, if you are consistently working at whatever it is that you are doing, then that’s the worst that it is going be. Things can only get better as you keep going.

Part two of the mantra is Don’t Dope!! Do not listen to people when they tell you your work is Dope. I know you are looking at that statement and asking why am I even reading this? Right? Well, give me a second to explain. It has everything to do with the chemical DOPAMINE. Dopamine is a feel-good neurotransmitter that is used to transmit information between neurons in our brain. Dopamine is produced when we eat food that we crave for, or during sexual intercourse contributing to feelings of pleasure and satisfaction.

As creators, we derive satisfaction from praise and acclaim from the work that we have done. Did I just say, creators? Its everyone! Each and everyone wants to feel that they have done the best, that they are valued. These feelings cause the production of dopamine. That is why we feel DOPE!!

Robin Sharma, bestselling author of ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ says that success breeds complacency. When we do something great we tend to live in the glory of our actions for too long sometimes. We live in a bubble of sorts. Most of us do not realize we are in a bubble and need to get out and keep working.

What I am saying in this post is simply this. First, if people do not like your work, that is fine. You probably just have not found your mojo yet, so keep working. That last job you did is probably the worst that it is going to be. Secondly, doing a great job is DOPE!! However, do not float in the dopamine for too long as it will affect your progress and growth, you will begin to slack. Learn to appreciate acclaim, praise and awards. Be humble about such gestures, they are definitely great for motivation. Just have it at the back of your mind that it can also be your downfall.

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