So this is not the blog I originally wrote. The original blog was titled "Do Us All a Favor and Be Successful More Quietly," and was about an author I know who can't seem to resist letting everyone know how successful she is. That blog was, to put it mildly, scathing.
But I took 24 hours after I wrote that blog and came back to it fresh. And I came to several conclusions about it. First, it was entirely negative, and there's plenty of negativity in the world already. Second, it's not like I'm going to change that author's thoughts or actions simply by railing against them. And finally, it's not her, it's me. It's me reacting to her stroking her own ego. And I'm better than that.
So I thought I'd salvage the important part of the original blog, which focused on the Kevin Spacey quote you see above.
Y'see, I'm an author, but not a successful one. Maybe someday I will be, and maybe I won't. But in either state, I'd like to think that I'll always keep the spirit of that quote close to my heart.
Successful authors, generally speaking, have more time, more knowledge, and more wisdom to pass on than less successful authors do. So while it bothers me when certain authors squander that opportunity to instead make sure the whole world knows how much money they make and how many accolades their writing has brought them, I can only do what I can do.
So I will.
And please believe me when I tell you that if I ever make it to the top, I will be sending that elevator down again and again and again.
The coda: I unfollowed that particular author so I won't see her posts about her six-figure income and her bestseller-list books. That should help.