Cultural standards and normalisation have enormous power over whether we choose a practice and how we find the guts to commit to our work.
Bob Dylan moved from Minnesota to Greenwich Village for a reason. Most of the famous painters of the renaissance came to Florence for a reason as well.
When you’re surrounded by respected peers it’s more likely you’ll do the work you set out to do. And if you’re not, consider finding some. Find this cohort with intent. Don’t wait for it to happen to you. You don’t need to be picked: you can simply organise a cohort of fellow artists who will encourage themselves.Seth Godin – The Practice
In short: What’s your cohort like? Who are the people who make you better? Find more like them.