I would rather be a failure on my own terms than a success on someone else’s. That’s a difficult statement to live up to, but then I’ve always believed that the way you affect your audience is more important than how many of them are there.
I’ve long tried to hold true this ideal myself, especially in the things I make. If an idea or piece of work can reach one person, that’s success. It doesn’t always need to scale. In my experience, too much success has the potential to transform even the best ideas and people into grotesque caricatures.