Date: 2017-01-23 11:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rachelmanija
Oh, definitely - if something's miserable and you're not doing it because you want to and there isn't some benefit you want that you think is worth it, then it's not something you really want and not something that's worth doing. That's why I left Hollywood - it wasn't fun, and while there was a benefit I sincerely wanted (being a pro TV writer), once I got it, it turned out to not be as fun as I'd expected. I left with no regrets or feelings of being a quitter, because it was no longer something I wanted.

I think difficulty for its own sake is only good if you enjoy it for itself, because you want it. If some outside force - including some internalized inner critic - is forcing you, then not only is it not worth doing, but it's not even a decent test of yourself. Because you're not the one picking the test, or even meaningfully the one being tested. Then it's just a question of "how strong is your internalized critic?"
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