Strangers are driving through rural regions of Sierra Leone with bullhorns, shouting instructions about how to stay safe from the Ebola virus. Their intentions may be admirable, but their tactics are probably ineffective. Loud voices do not always get heard.
My challenge to you is: Shine, do your best, stand above the crowd, and yes, be willing to receive negativity for your good works. By doing your best you'll also receive positive attention. Just keep going, take that next step. Joy is present.
On October 10th, I received one of the most exciting calls an author can hope to get: my novel was a finalist for the National Book Awards! And then, two hours later, came a concerned email. My gut clenched.