What’s your work worth?

Not to everybody else.

Not to the marketplace.

To you.

Does it provide purpose? Does it bring you pride? Does it give you energy for everything else in your life?

“Your art is already doing a lot for you,” Beth Pickens writes in Make Your Art No Matter What. “Can you consider the radical proposal that even if your work never pays you, it will still be a valuable and integral part of your life, for the rest of your life?”

P.S., Sometimes, when you learn to appreciate the worth of your work, so do other people.

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