We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done. –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Keep that quote in mind as you move toward greater success. Like me. As a minister, I often feel like a bit of an amateur. I’m teaching a few sparsely populated classes. I get a call to preach every now and then, but still, no church, no invitations to a 5 night revival, no book to sell. But who’s fault is that at the end of the day? I used to blame the older pastors. Oviously, they are jealous of my education, my gifts, my height, you name it. There must be a conspiracy to keep me out of the pastor game. Now I know, I just need to work at it a whole lot smarter (and a little harder).
Kanye West’s mother told him that until he could support himself with his music, it was just a hobby. Didn’t matter how passionate he was about it, or that he closed his eyes and imagined the good life, everyone was judging him not on his potential, but on his accomplishments. You too.