Seems that everyone needs to have a sense that he or she has better than average abilities in some activity or domain. Often that sense will come through positive feedback in context.
How does one maintain a sense of particular abilities when faced with repetitive negative feedback?
Knew after ten years as a full-time academic that future there was part-time. Still able to earn income, as part-time.
Knew after two trials as an articling student that legal future was not as a barrister. Still able to earn income, as a solicitor.
Wonder about those in the arts, believing that they have the talent, but faced with regular rejection. Plus having to pay bills.
At what point does one’s belief in self get flattened by economics?
Those in local theatre, local bands, earning income elsewhere. No longer trying for the major auditions.
Somewhere, somebody thought you had it.
Holding onto some image of isolated accolade.
Made it before