Build a good name. Keep your name clean. Be concerned about doing good work. Protect your work, and if you build a good name, eventually that name will be its own currency. - Patti Smith quoting William Burroughs
“Sometimes you need perspective. You’ve been right in front of greatness so often that you need to step back and see it again for the first time. This is the dressing room rehearsal for American Idol. NO MICROPHONE. No effects.”- Jay Z
Trick is to find a partner who sees this kind of greatness in you.
Maybe even to see this kind of greatness in yourself :-)