Do you ever have imposter syndrome and how do you deal with it?
Initially when I was around certain types of people I didn’t feel like I belonged. I’ve been in rooms with people who have staggering net worths and then there’s me. And I’m like, Why am I in this room with these people?
I sort of came to the understanding that people who are doing cool things want to be around other people doing cool things. It’s not about money, it’s not about fame, it’s not about notoriety, it’s about your drive. If you have drive, you’ll find yourself around other driven people. And other driven people just happen to be successful, whether they’re a basketball player, a musician or whatever.
So I’ve gotten less shocked — I mean, I’m still really excited, that’s life experience stuff and I have this catalog in my head of, I did this, or I was here, and I love it. It makes me feel like what I’m doing is either valuable or I’m on the right path.
I try to tell this to my son — a basketball player and I are not that different. In order to make it to the NBA, you have to be extremely driven, you have to work your ass off, put in all the time you possibly can because that’s your goal, you know? A lot of them aren’t naturally gifted and I don’t feel like I am either with art. I just have a goal and I plug away until it’s reality. Those guys are the same. We’re nowhere near the same level, but we both had a goal and worked at it until it was at least partially reality.