"Writing is an act of faith: I believe it's also an act of hope, the hope that things can get better than they are."
— Margaret Atwood
Does your creative work give you hope? Does your painting give you hope that your life will improve? Does your writing give you hope about the progress of the human race? I believe creative leaders have to have lots of hope. Why else would they struggle for years with no prospect of success? Every time a writer sends his short stories, poetry and novels to a publisher he is full of hope that this time it will be accepted. A painter may paint for years and never sell a painting, always hoping that the next one will sell. Never give up. There is always tomorrow. Have faith. You will succeed.