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As I have worked diligently for approval from various circles of people, I have often caught myself with this quote from Nathaniel Hawthorne:
“It is a good lesson–though it may often be a hard one–for a man who has dreamed of literary fame, and of making for himself a rank among the world’s dignitaries by such means, to step aside out of the narrow circle in which his claims are recognized and to find how utterly devoid of significance, beyond that circle, is all that he achieves, and all he aims at.” (The Custom-House Introductory to “The Scarlet Letter”)
Acclaim is a moving target. The pursuit of it is vanity, a chasing after the wind.