The Right Mindset
Anyone cannot expect another to learn things if no one have exactly taught them how it is done. So, anyone who claims to be an expert on something is not an overnight sensation, they learned what they had to in order to reach a level of expertise. Chances you have learned the ways of the web, watched and observed how people are doing it, and steer clear of their faults as much as possible.
“The most important lessons lay not in what I needed to learn, but in what I first needed to unlearn.” ― Jim Collins
For so many people with artistic flair and some graphic design skills, the learning curve is often longer and harder, when compared to those who do not know it. The problem lies in the fact that the things they were taught, were often not taught the correct way, and so many people who are confident they learned something often misses out on the real point behind the underlying lessons.
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” ― Alvin Toffler
Start anew, nothing learned is in vain, as a matter of fact, whatever you will know will add up to what you have learned. Be a player and play the game well. Keep journal of your learning. You will surely learn from it and so are other people.
Do not be afraid to explore, study, read, and re-learn…
“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” ― Albert Einstein
Do not be tired of reading, exploring, searching, asking, discussing, searching some more, and asking over and over again. This is not for the sake of finding out the existing trends, but because you have to obtain some basic ideas on how things work and seem to be, and answer your questions why things work that way. Always share your passion and inspiration.
Copying is not a mortal sin.
Copying is not a mortal sin, claiming a work as yours is. So, copy all the cool stuff and learn from them. Just put it this way – you can’t make something similar if you are unable to find out the techniques or processes needed to come up with something similar. Without this you will be able to progress.
Copying to some extent and for the sake of your learning is okay, but claiming things to be yours is definitely not.
Follow the cool guys.
“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” ― John Wooden
Always surround yourself with like-minded, positive, and knowledgeable people and surely good things will follow. Remember to always keep an open mind. Never worry about what you will be able to learn from them. You can learn tons, this I am sure. It is like choosing your major for the time being in this school called – life.
“Anyone who teaches me deserves my respect, honoring and attention.”
― Sonia Rumzi
As a final word of advice, throw away your ego and self-centeredness; and learn from other people’s thoughts, comments, feedback, and anything that is sure to boost your skills, techniques, learning, and yourself as a human. Enrich yourself as much as possible; do not be afraid of criticisms. It is what will make your work and the whole learning process worthwhile. Learning is a life-long process, so enjoy the ride at all cost starting today!