Isn’t it tempting to be first? I love being the innovator, the first across the line, that person who made his or her mark on the industry. Let’s face it, we are all artists at heart. We want to create something incredible, and in the end, we want to sign the bottom of the painting or put our name on it somewhere, and stand back and let the world take notice. I just love that feeling of being first. To get that feeling, you had to have come up with something before everyone else, or you were the one bold enough to take the leap and be successful while others took mediocre stabs at greatness. No drug is as powerful as our need for recognition for a job well done or the unsolicited accolades for accomplishment. Anyone who has ever acted or performed can tell you the feeling of hearing applause after a performance is incredible.
When I was young I tried to be a singer, and I emphasize the word TRY. I can sing, but I don’t have a talent for it. So, I have gotten applause, but as awesome as that is, you know what is worse? A room full of people who are not applauding but looking at you like you just strangled a puppy on stage. That is what it is like to go first and fail – you still have your signature at the bottom, but you just don’t want to tell anyone.