Beware Psychic Vampires

1001: A FILM ODYSSEY: NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE (1979, WEST GERMANY)

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” -Mark Twain

We all know or have been around psychic vampires. They drain your energy, suck the life out of whatever project or idea you’re excited about. They leave you feeling…not good.

Committing to a goal or anything that requires your dedication is a very delicate thing. Be careful, especially at the outset, who you tell what you’re doing. While most people have good intentions, a simple question (“You’re gonna do that?” “Really?…Why?”) or phrase or even a look from someone, let alone a psychic vampire, might be the difference between you making your art, or staying on the couch, watching TV and eating another pint of Haagen Dazs.

There’s just no incentive for you to tell anyone until the idea in your head becomes more substantive, more real. If you’re not sure of something, that’s one thing. We all have sounding boards. People you can tell you’re thinking about doing something. They can explore with you, help tease out if this is what you really want. That’s great. But once you’re past that stage and have decided that this is what you’re going to do, no matter what, only tell those people who get you and understand exactly what you’re trying to accomplish. Who will push you, encourage you, who will have your back and will hold you accountable until you reach your goal. Those people are rare.

For inspiration, listen to this song. And to repel psychic vampires, buy this (just kidding…although, maybe it works?).

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