The respect they have for their art is reflected in the work of others too. They show genuine interest and offer valid feedback if they can. They are the self-assured ones who will never stoop to attention-seeking tactics. Their focus, like Arjuna of Mahabharata is on what they have to accomplish. This goal is an internal one, set by and for themselves and not for fame, glory or awards. They will go about the learning, spreading and sharing what they have acquired in a quiet manner. What they will not be quiet about is doubts with regard their work, wanting to perfect a note or getting a part right. The only thing that matters to them is how much they can learn or improve. It's a constant, lifelong endeavour.
To them success is when they know that they have written a piece, free of errors, grammatically perfect with extensive use of interesting vocabulary or they have sung a verse flawlessly, or expressed a lengthy dialogue with the exact intonation, feel and expression they expect of the part and themselves. They celebrate when they have managed this communication with creatively beautiful metaphors and extraordinary sentence construction and not when n-number of their books or tickets for their plays has been sold, or they have been lauded publicly.
Being genuine and great is a state of mind. For some it is a decision, a way of life, an outcome and for others, it is a state that eludes them. Yes the ego leads you high up this tower and keeps you a prisoner there, thus preventing you from growing. It makes you think this is all, you have learnt it all when you have seen only one miniscule part of what you deem is success. The trick is to stay grounded and go after being better in what you do. That way you learn more. As Aamir says in ‘3 Idiots’, ‘Do not run after success, run after excellence! And success will come chasing you!’