It is understood that Lawrence faced an arduous and uneven task of getting his manuscript to the public though it is now widely hailed as a literary masterpiece. There is further a story told by the impressionist painter Claude Monet concerning an early encounter between Edouard Manet (an established painter at the time) and Renoir (who was younger and early into his career) at Monet’s home in the countryside of France. Renoir had energetically set up a canvas next to Manet and started painting along with the master. Manet looked at Renoir’s work and visibly upset, quickly took Monet aside, commenting regarding Renoir, “He has no talent, that boy! Since you are his friend, tell him to give up painting!” This particular anecdote taught me a twofold lesson, one I believe that is especially valuable to all who venture: beware of the naysayers and gatekeepers, they come in all sizes and guises.