One of my favorite books from my youth was Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, published in 1943. Although the writing style is clearly dated by today’s standards, there’s a great plot.
The archetypal lead character (Howard Roark) is a struggling architect with a burning vision; willing to toil in obscurity while rejecting conventional wisdom — and paying an enormous personal price to stay true to his vision.
The architects of the era were focused on creating buildings with enduring value. Today’s enterprise architects might be seen the modern equivalent: creating the digital “buildings” that we all live and work in.
Like the protagonist Roark, the road that enterprise architects must travel can be lonely, with obstacles and challenges at every turn. But when they are able to do their job well, the result can create long-lasting value for the people who employ their services.