Lessons from an artist
I felt inspired by this video of a painter giving advice to beginners. I feel like it applies to many things in life, not only art. My main takeaways:
- Inspiration is overrated. Practice and time spent is what matters to get better in anything.
- Your ego will destroy everything. Don't take feedback personally, don't think it's a validation of who you are.
- Stop waiting for the right time. There's never a perfect time, just start to do it.
- The rollercoaster: Your work will feel great at the start, then the worst, then good again. Every time.
- Generalism wins. It's more valuable to be good at many things (in his case, "many styles") than great at one. — This one is a bit more controversial. Even though I'm a generalist at heart, I can see the value of being recognized by a specific approach or niche.