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The Counterintuitive Way to Get the Attention Your Work Deserves

What do you do when the world stops listening — when no one pays attention to what you say or do?

This is the reality every writer or creative person must face. Sooner or later, you hit a plateau. You start to feel invisible. And you begin to wonder if you ever had any influence at all.

What we want to do is get louder. To pull out the bullhorn. Shout from the rooftops. But in reality, we need to do the opposite.

Occasionally, we’ll see someone enjoy short-term profiteering.

Over time, though, most self-promoters don’t last. Not when you pit them up against the true artists — those who have a message worth sharing. Their messages always ring hollow in comparison to these people.

It’s almost always better to have someone else toot your horn. To earn the spotlight instead of demanding it.

But how do you do that?

Try something different

When you have an idea to share, don’t give in to the temptation to rush it. To force a connection or over-promote the message. Instead, take your time making it really, really good.

If you’re an artist with something to say — something that would make the world a better place — try a more subtle, counter-intuitive means of finding an audience: Be quiet.

Say less.

Be obscure.

Hide your brilliance so that people have to come find it.

You want them to be delighted, not disappointed. And that’s exactly what will happen if you resort to the hype: People will be let down.

The fear of insignificance

The problem is we’re afraid of never getting discovered. Of waiting our whole lives to be acknowledged.

But this isn’t middle school — why are we waiting to be picked?

You should be creating world-class works of art right now. Because you can, not because someone is watching you.

If you will learn this discipline — to show up when no one else does — you will do what most people can’t. You’ll be able to find pleasure in your work without any extrinsic benefits.

And that’s what we’re all looking and hoping for.

Whatever you’re doing right now, you’re building a platform. You’re connecting with people and doing work someone is noticing.

It may not seem significant, but that’s your choice. You can make it matter or you can make it mediocre.

Whether you realize it or not, you are broadcasting a message. People are watching you, paying attention to your every move and word. I promise.

They see your tweets, blog posts, and Instagram photos. We all see them. I know it doesn’t feel like it sometimes, and that’s what makes this work so dangerous. You may feel invisible, but you’re not.

In fact, it’s quite the opposite — we’re all waiting for you to show us something.

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I’m a writer, idea woman, and difference-maker. This blog is where I share my best work and test out ideas before they make it into my books. To find out more about me, read my full bio.

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