When you have an idea, keep it close. I know sometimes you’re so thirlled about the potential of your spark to start a blaze, but keep that match cupped behind your hand for a while. Don’t expose it to critics, who may spit on it— on purpose. Or even friends who may carelessly blow it out. Keep your flame safe, give it fuel and love until it’s burning bright.
Janelle Monáe and her mom at the Soul Train Awards in Vegas 11/9/13. (Yes, her mom!)