I stole the title of this post from Hugh MacLeod‘s book, “Ignore Everybody“. This is just one of Hugh’s keys to creativity. Thankfully, he’s even drawn a picture to hammer the point home.
Hugh want’s you to know that while you may be pouring your heart and soul into your art, or your business, or your passion; nobody cares.
Why would anybody care about all the great things you’re doing?
Human beings are generally considered to be self-interested creatures. Everyone’s living their own busy lives to really care about what you’re up to.
But there’s another important reason as to why most people don’t care.
They don’t care because it’s hard for people to watch someone breaking the rules. It makes people cringe.
It’s hard to fathom someone doing something not considered “safe.”
It’s hard for people to accept your ideas as anything more than silly pipe dreams.
It’s because there is so much pent up fear.
Fear you might break free.
Fear you might change the rules.
Fear you might succeed.
Fear you might find your way out of the waiting place.
Someday, everyone may be paying attention. They might start paying attention, but they still won’t care.
The good news is this: You’re a self-interested creature too.
Do whatever it is you’re doing for yourself. Get used to nobody caring and carry on.