Real artists compete, but not against others. The only competition that an artist has, is with one’s resting self.
The self “in motion” is the optimal state for an artist. This is challenged most often by the artist’s inability or unwillingness to create. In other words, the resting self. Or the distracted self. Or the unsure self. Or 6349 other versions of the hindered self.
The teaching self is a notable exception. Teaching, when done right, is an opportunity to simultaneously give and receive.
Like this overspray on a sidewalk, not all of an artist’s output goes into the work. Sometimes a little bit of the creative output is sent in other directions.
When the conditions are right, there will be an impact.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.