I recently read an interesting article on Sade titled: Sade’s Quiet Storm of Cool.
One quote that always stands out every time I read this article is:
“Sade is one of the most relentlessly quiet famous people on the planet. But in her extended silences, her place in the pantheon of cultural influence has only grown more enormous.”
It is easy to fall into the sense of self-importance and believe your own hype.
In a world of social media, personal branding, self-promotion, strategic positioning, narcissism has silently crept into many people’s lives.
As the article makes an observation about Sade:
She seemed to operate according to the principle that narcissism was not the precondition for artistic exploration, but was instead its enemy.
Detachment is a sort of natural ego antidote.
It is easy to be emotionally invested and infatuated with your own work. Any and every narcissist can do that.
What is rare is not raw talent, skill, or even confidence, but humility, diligence and self-awareness.
Quiet confident people work quietly in their corner.
They turn their inner turmoil into product, and eventually to stillness.
They ignore hype and the impulse to seek recognition.
They don’t talk much.
They don’t mind the feeling that others, out there in public are enjoying the limelight, and are somehow getting the better end of the deal and they are not.
Instead they embrace JOMO [joy of missing out]
They are too busy working to do anything else.
When they do talk, it is earned.
If you are doing work that matters and putting in the hours, you won’t need the hype, you won’t need validation, you won’t need to overcompensate.
It is in the times of being unseen and hidden that we go deeper.
The treasure is in the depths.