Article I wrote posted to Davinci blog one of my favorites.
"Most people look for approval from the outside. They want to feel good about their choices and career path. They want validation that they are doing the right things at the right time and are being understood and respected for their decisions. After all, who doesn’t want to hear the sound of applause or cheers due to their efforts? The truth is approval makes us feel better about ourselves. "
"Approval becomes a problem when you need it too much. Or, when it holds you back because you can’t move forward without it. Many people believe approval means they are loved and accepted; words that make them feel warm and fuzzy inside."
"True approval comes from you; your inside opinion and view of what you are doing and where you are headed. Outside views may give you validation, but inside approval gives you peace, calm, and a sense of direction."
3 steps for giving career approval to yourself at: