Got Something To Prove? (Read time 0:37) If you’re in it to prove something (even to yourself), you have a tough row to hoe. I’ve seen extremely talented artists and super smart CEO’s crash and burn because their best work was repeatedly sabotaged by a desperate hidden agenda:- “If I don't make it I'll be seen as a failure.” - “Others are counting on me.” - “I’m getting older; I need a BIG success!”- “I must prove to my family (and my self) that I’m somebody!”- “I’LL SHOW THEM!”  None of these is a valid reason to struggle in any career, let alone a creative one. Ok, let’s argue that your “hidden agenda” could be a “motivating” factor that could help propel your success. Baloney! There’s only one thing that will propel your success: doing extraordinary work! You don't need to prove anything to any one. The only thing you’re beholding to is your craft, your unique talent, and your dharma (your true purpose). Honor THAT, and you’ll have a career that lasts a lifetime.
J Michael Dolan

Got Something To Prove? (Read time 0:37)

If you’re in it to prove something (even to yourself), you have a tough row to hoe. I’ve seen extremely talented artists and super smart CEO’s crash and burn because their best work was repeatedly sabotaged by a desperate hidden agenda:

- “If I don't make it I'll be seen as a failure.”
- “Others are counting on me.”
- “I’m getting older; I need a BIG success!”
- “I must prove to my family (and my self) that I’m somebody!”
- “I’LL SHOW THEM!” 

None of these is a valid reason to struggle in any career, let alone a creative one. Ok, let’s argue that your “hidden agenda” could be a “motivating” factor that could help propel your success. Baloney! There’s only one thing that will propel your success: doing extraordinary work!

You don't need to prove anything to any one. The only thing you’re beholding to is your craft, your unique talent, and your dharma (your true purpose). Honor THAT, and you’ll have a career that lasts a lifetime.


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People normally pay me for this and you are giivng it away!


Posted By Maria
A different point of view
If I don't make it I'll be seen as a failure. Comment: Until you are successful people (except loved ones - most of the time) will view you as a failure, or worse, a hobbyist. - Others are counting on me. Comment: My production team is counting on me to make correct decisions. I take my role as lead very seriously and I do consider them when making decisions. - Im getting older; I need a BIG success! Comment: Once you hit 20 people will remind you of this forever. - I must prove to my family (and my self) that Im somebody! Comment: The drive to be number one...sports, business, music. It is in the mix. - ILL SHOW THEM! Comment: The drive to be number one.


Posted By stephen gernhauser
THANK YOU
Thank you for getting to the point, without agendas .


Posted By Jennifer Johnson
dharma
wise words, thank you : )


Posted By Alan Vochec
Something to prove
I am totally impressed that you keep being so right on Michael. Just the other day I was thinking; I need to produce something that will make my children proud. Mentioning this to one daughter she replied; "we are proud of you already papa - we don`t care if you leave us a trillion dollars - we are proud that you are true to yourself". I think we all want to change the world so much we forget to listen to the fleeting whisper of angles - dharma.


Posted By Tony
Right on
Your article is inspiring and spot on accurate per usual. Thank you for sharing your insight and wisdom.


Posted By Underscore

Great advice! I understand where you're coming. As a writer and spoken word artist, whenever I'm on stage it's always to an audience of one: that's to God who gave me the inspiration and ability.


Posted By mark grove
Something To prove
The only way to succeed as an artist is to take action! Don't worry about being the best or being seen as a hack. It's not always about the craft. A lot of you won't like it,but marketing and advertising is so important. That's why I was being interviewed by music media at my local college today. Maybe I'm off topic but that's my take on it. Your work alone isn't the key, it's a combo of your art,advertising and sales. The latter two being more important for success. Mark


Posted By steffon
Yes
THAT is totally true. Thanks for the reminder.


Posted By walt
That Hit Home
This one really hit home. Thank you.


Posted By Robin Stanley
Got something to prove
Again very wise thoughts. You speak the truth and the truth will resonate every time. Thanks for the wisdom!


Posted By Denise L. Cook, The ORACLE
Repy
Michael, it never fails.... Your posts are always right on point. I speak this to other artists all the time. Thank you for the post. ORACLE


Posted By Brenda Hopkins
thanks
It is always a good time to remind ourselves why we do what we do every single day. We must keep moving forward. We must keep answering the call of our creative spirit. Everyone is welcome but it is not our duty to force them to come. Just keep doing extraordinary work and let life surprise you. It's worth it! Thanks!!!


Posted By Vernon
Prove it
Thank you for the encouragement.


Posted By Caralyn
rock on
I too have seen a lot of people reach a lot of high levels of "success" (including my former husband) but who were motivated by fear chasing them rather than by dreams calling them. It is a subtle but critical difference between those who "succeed" and those who are actually able to enjoy their success (and the process!). Thanks for posting and for always keeping it so very, very real!!!


Posted By Rachel
From a pure heart....
Hi Michael. Thank you so much for these blogs, really. For me, and it is a challenge, the amount of energy and giving, sacrifice involved, is a force to wade through...what I am purposed to do is really, better for someone else, but I feel in my heart , radically to carry on, it's for you..not me, after all. Have a really beautiful day. Rachel


Posted By Chris
which voice
I too believe in the concept and path of Dharma. It suggests more depth of purpose than just passion. However, for me it gets dicey when I try to sort out which inner "voice" I'm hearing in confirmation of the mission: the one that speaks from ego, from reason, or the faint whisper of the true self. I seek the faint whisper but the noise tends to drown it out.


Posted By Michael May
Bitter Pill of TRUTH
This one was hard to swallow...made me angry at first (a red flag for me)as I have used every example you cited as firewood to fuel my ambition. After some meditation on the blog i practiced letting go of all the "hidden agendas" and experienced the peace that come with doing what i do because it is my purpose, and TRUSTING that all will be well. Thank You!


Posted By Richm
dharma (your true purpose).
Michael-U knock my socks off! My belief is that each of us seeks the career and life where we can be creative. Creative freedom is based on 2 way trust. Currently, I am in a group that meets every week. One conversation we are engaged in is to discover our true purpose that is the source of energy and passion in our lives. Clarity & objectivity are not qualities we each have & apply. Years of conversations and the need to look good to those important in our lives color & filter our decisions just like those blue sun glasses. The challenge is how to recognize in the moment what drives the decision process and take off the glasses to validate the choices being selected. And at the same time maintain the trust.


Posted By John Tighe
Great post!
In my small film production company the CEO will often cut valuable production budgets and layoff talented staff because of a hidden agenda called "do anything to please investors. As opposed to do anything to serve customers.


Posted By Monica Balmer
Be true to yourself
This is SO right on!! How many times have I been diverted or have I changed My song to PROVE something to someone? It never succeeds, never works. I just have to be true to my song.

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• YOUR SHADOW AGENDA (Read time 0:59)
• WHY I SOLD MY BUSINESS (read time 6:33)
• BARENAKED PROBITY (read time 1:47 min)
• THE FANTASIES OF POSSIBILITY (read time 4:17 min)
• THE TUG OF WAR (read time 5:09 min)