If you get down about your work, a little Lego guy has some advice.

Maybe you know how this goes:

You start out on a new project full of enthusiasm and ideas.


But at the end of a hard day's work, you look over your accomplishments with a growing sense of dismay.

And you become filled with disgust at the terrible gap between what you wanted to do and what you've actually done.

The pain can be profound.

A lot of people never make it past this point. Especially in a world constantly on the lookout for "young talent," the failure of a first (or even second, third, and fourth) attempt can be immensely discouraging.

But hold on. Here are three rules to stay out of that trap of "perfect on the first draft."

Rule #1: Be nice. Forgive yourself for your early work.

Rule #2: Don't rush. Do a little each day. Keep a timetable and stick to it.


Rule #3: Don't judge yourself. Just keep going.

Eventually, your talents just might catch up with your tastes.

Bottom line: You'll never know if you don't try.

Words of wisdom for creative people.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Welcometoterranova and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Welcometoterranova-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.