“Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Good work isn’t created in a vacuum, creativity is always, in some sense, a collaboration, the result of a mind connected to other minds.
Being valuable to a community is not about how smart or how talented you are, but about what you have to contribute – the ideas you share, the quality of the connections you make, and the conversations you start.
If we forget about (being) genius and think more about how we can nurture and contribute to the community, we can adjust our own expectations and the expectations of the worlds we want to accept us. We can stop asking what others can do for us, and starting asking what we can do for others.