The trick to being truly creative, I’ve always maintained, is to be completely unselfconscious. To resist the urge to self-censor. To not-give-a-s**t what anybody thinks.
It is a universal truth that all artists think they are frauds and charlatans, and live in constant fear of being exposed. We believe that by working harder than anyone else we can evade detection.
The preceding excerpt is from an excellent article that addresses the question of balancing passion with deadlines, and keeping both of these in equilibrium with everything else. How much of your life is worth sacrificing to do great work?