I’ve never considered myself a religious person.

And please don’t misunderstand me here–I’m not about to launch into a long diatribe on religion. The whole analogy will make sense by the time we finish, if you just hear me out.

And while I’ve never been what I would call a religious person, and maybe I’ve even thought some of the apocalyptic stories I’ve heard throughout the years were complete nonsense.

But nonetheless, it’s hard not to take a look at what is happening in the world right now and wonder if the “end of times” is near.

I mean, think about it:

And these are all just the stories that have broken over the last few days.

I’ve worked with a lot of creative people throughout the years, and I’ve also listened to interviews with probably hundreds of people that work in film, acting, and the arts. Almost every single person cited one thing that they thought could be the biggest reason that artists and creative types get frustrated and burn out–something that many of them had suffered from themselves at some point in their lives.

Do you know what that one thing is?

The never-ending feeling that they need to please someone.

Have you felt it before? Probably. I know that I have. I don’t know a single person who hasn’t felt this at some point in their life, but it seems like creative people especially feel like they have something to prove.

Have any of these thoughts crossed your mind?

I can’t be successful if I’m not working in Hollywood.

If I don’t get this next gig then I’m a failure.

If I don’t make xxx amount of money from doing this, then what’s the point?

I’m embarrassed to tell my friends and family what I really want to do because they think it’s a dumb idea.