“You can build whatever you want, as long as it’s what I want.”
When you are creating something, thinking about how it will be received only hinders the process. It is impossible to hear your muse or to follow your inspiration with thoughts of potential praise or criticism cluttering up your mind. That said, once you put your work into the world, once it finds an audience, the value of what you created is largely determined by the value others give it.
“As in life, so too it is in budo. As in budo, so too it is in life.”
-Robert Van Valkenburgh is co-founder of Taikyoku Mind & Body, Severna Park’s Holistic Chamber of Commerce, and Kogen Dojo where he teaches Taikyoku Budo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu