One of Vincent Van Gogh's paintings recently sold for $149.5 million. Yet, while he lived, he sold only one painting. One. To a friend, for the equivalent of pennies. Did Van Gogh give up? No. He kept painting and created over 800 works.
Today, Vincent Van Gogh is considered one of the greatest artists of all time, but success, as defined in worldly terms, eluded him during his lifetime. Success for him meant painting and creating, and in that, he succeeded wildly. What would have happened if he'd simply give up? The world would be deprived of the beauty that he created with paint and brush.
Joy for today: finding success in creation.