“Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill.“ — Shinichi Suzuki
There’s a lot of great artists out there. Heck—there’s a lot of stellar creative minds in every field. When you find a passion for something, you want to be the best at it (or at least recognized as someone who skilled). But when you are just starting out, or early on your journey, butting up against people who are waaaay better than you can be discouraging. Sometimes motivating, but often discouraging if there’s a huge gap between where you are and where they are.
It’s important (and personally helpful) to note, that they’ve likely got many more years under their belt than you.
It’s like how you can’t compare your inner state with someones’ outer state. Comparing your work to someone who’s been at it for 5, 10+ years is a little silly. Of course their work is amazing! Think of all the time, effort, and experience they’ve accrued. (Note time + effort cultivates skills, not just time alone.)
If our work is even half as good as someone who’s been doing it for over a decade, then we are in a great place.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1236