One guiding principle: Stay true to your art.
Staying true to your art may require great sacrifice but it is the only path to lasting success. You may have to change your name and even live underwater for awhile, So Be It! They will not be small sacrifices. They will include sword fights with people you may not care for. Your reward, however, will be great.
Let no man’s vision, no matter how many dinosaur battles it includes, taint your own. Keep your ideas pure. Clean them often. Consider laminating some of them for others to study without the risk of staining. And when no one is looking, tape them to the top side of your ceiling fan blades. Then forget you ever had such ideas and sell the house to a blind couple.
Now you’re a bland, Non-creative, as the Church terms it, living above a gun shop in Ohio. You’ll have to change your name to Norm as you grow to resemble a furnace more and more each day. Your feet will turn gray. Phone service has been interrupted.
You’re living in someone else’s vision of tomorrow.