This is an extract from The Courage to be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi, that might resonate with some architects out there.
If you this text resonates with you, I completely understand you. We all have been there.
(I’ve added some words to directly relate to architecture)
“I have a young friend who dreams of becoming a novelist (architect), but he never seems to be able to complete his work.
According to him, his job keeps him too busy, and he can never find enough time to write novels (projects), and that’s why he can’t complete work and enter it for writing awards.
But is that the real reason?
It’s actually that he wants to leave the possibility of “I can do it if I try” open, by not committing to anything…
He doesn’t want to expose his work to criticism, and he certainly doesn’t want to face the reality that he might produce an inferior piece of writing (work) and face rejection.
He wants to live inside that realm of possibilities, where he can say that he could do it if he only had the time, or that he could write if he just had the proper environment, and that he really does have the talent for it.
In another five or ten years, he will probably start using another excuses like “I’m not young anymore” or “I’ve got a family to think about now.”
The Courage to be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi
If someone wants my sincere feedback:
Nobody gives a f&ck about your work.
Only your ego, who is looking for validation.
Do your best, provide value, and help people.
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