It’s a Marathon
Today in my Digital Arts class for print media, my professor came in with a bang by delivering a lesson (a reminder for me at this point) in persistence, patience, and the process of mastery.
While explaining the various aspects of the creative process of an artist, he noted that as an artist, it is vital to view other work that inspires you. As I’ve been discussing over the past couple weeks, however, it’s important that you don’t get so caught up in the success of the works.
For example, the professor, Ty, brought up going to Tumblr to find drawings of dragons if that’s something you want to do. It’s very easy to find an absolute masterpiece of a dragon drawing and think “well fuck, I can’t do that” and start to feel discouraged. What that picture doesn’t show is the hundreds of mediocre drawings, the countless hours of drawing it took to get to that point. Ty explained that it took Michelangelo 15 years before he reached the level of artistry that the world remembers him for. 15. The Sistine Chapel ceiling painting took four years to complete alone.
LOTD: “Success is built on failures.” I made sure to write that one down as soon as Ty finished saying it. With that, I’ve learned that success is also built on persistence. One quote that I’ve seen multiple times on Medium articles on success/self-improvement comes from Thomas Edison:
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
The road to mastery is not a short one.