Ask for Criticism

Nobody wants to get slap in the face. Asking for critisim especially about the work you created, is asking for a slap in the face. The more brutal the feedback, the more opportunities for you to grow. In the long run, a slap in the face is going to have a lot more mileage than a pat on the back.

If you show your work to others and ask them their opinion, they would most likely say nice things to you.

Next time, ask them what’s wrong with it.

They might not say what you want to hear but the odds are, they are going to go with their gut and tell you how they feel about it.

The truth hurts. But you shouldn’t get your ego get in the way. If it doesn’t look photo-real then it doesn’t.

You now know which parts of your work aren’t reading as photo-real.

Finish the Day

Do as much as you can. When the day comes to an end, look back at it and marvel at how much you did and then get to bed. If you get to wake up tomorrow, do it all over again

Not every day is going to be great. Most days are going to be ordinary and some days are just plain terrible. But whatever kind of day you have had, end it. Be done with it!

Stop feeling like you didn’t do much and forgive yourself. A little kindness to yourself goes a long way as a creative. That is why instead of having a to-do list, I have an accomplishment list. Every time I finish something, I write it down in Notion. Just before bed, when I look at my Notion Accomplishment List, I feel satisfied that I did all that I could.

If there is something I couldn’t get to, well it wasn’t really a priority. I have learned to let things go.

Ever Onwards I always say. Another day another chance at accomplishing new and exciting things.

Quit Perfection

No one is paying you to be perfect. Close enough is, good enough. If perfection is demanded, then charge them for it. You will see how many clients suddenly become okay with close enough.

Too many artist spend too much time trying to perfect a piece of their work before they actually finish it.

Quit prefection, run with what you’ve got and fix it as you go

A Fact Worth Remembering

As long as you set a goal, and work towards them constantly and relentlessly, you will find wild success!

Most of what you learn in school is facts. Facts that are known. Facts that, in today’s modern world, be called up in an instant.

You spend all your time and energy in school accumulating and remembering facts. The fact is, the more you remembered, the better you did in exams.

Those of us who failed at school are simply not interested in facts. And many of us do not possess a great capacity to retain a frivolous amount of information.

Now, this doesn’t mean that these people are stupid. What it means is, their school has failed to fire up their imagination.

Students graduate and get jobs based on their qualifications and herein lies the problem, they are not getting these jobs based on their desire to succeed.

And they quickly lose out to those who continually strive to be better than their yester selves.

As long as you set a goal, and work towards them constantly and relentlessly, you will find wild success.

And that is a fact worth remembering!

Go Get a Routine

It’s not sexy I know that, but who am I to argue with them. They work. Damn it, they always work! Routines are an excellent way of not going insane.

There are going to be good days, bad days, and days you don’t feel like doing anything. Sometimes these days will start to pile up and you begin to feel like a worthless piece of shit.

To avoid the above-mentioned situation and all the emotions that come with it, I recommend creating what we professionals call a routine.

Routine will get you through the day and make you feel like you made the most out of your day.

When you are not sure what you should be doing, the routine tells you.

When you don’t have much time, the routine guides you to make the most out of the precious little time you have.

Like all advice given, it only works if you make a conscious effort to practice it daily.

So start tomorrow morning. Wake up a little earlier and just write down what you want to do for the rest of the day. And try doing them.

Now there is no need to be too hard on yourself. If you can’t finish or start an item on your list. Well, it wasn’t all that important or else you would have done it and guess what; the world didn’t end.

So make a list and try working that list. Eventually, this becomes your routine.

Try Waking Up 90 Minutes Before Everyone Else

If you don’t spend the time to get better, who is going to do it for you? You need time to get better and there is no better way to get more time then to wake up before everyone else.

Do yourself a favour and wake up earlier.

Try waking up 90 minutes before anyone else at your home wakes up.

You will be amazed at how much you can get done for yourself. Yes, for yourself.

Usually, I get up, exercise a little, shower, have my breakfast and start watching tutorials or work on my side projects.

Some days I get up at 4:30 am and this gives me 5 hours to myself before I have to leave for work.

It’s hard, but then again, anything worth doing is.

Everything Can Be A Bit Better

Everthing can be a bit better!

In 2019, I decided instead of having a New Year’s resolution, I would have a New Year’s motto. After all, mottos have led me out of my darkest and hardest moments in life. In the spirit of positivity, I said to myself, “Everything can be a bit better”.

I wasn’t looking to make something twice as better or three times as better, but instead I wanted to make everything I did about 10% better. Give a little more effort in presentation of my demos to my students, spend a little more time observing nature and things, be a little more mindful of others, pet my cats more, etc.

It was just my way of wanting to focus a little more on the task at hand. So far, it was worked wonders for me. Instead of feeling that I have to repeat the same demos to each new class, I am looking forward to teach the next class with more information and with better execution.

So whenever you finish a project or task, just ask yourself, can this be better? If the answer is yes, then do it. No one will pay extra for it, but you get the satisfaction of knowing that it was done to the quality or standard you had set for yourself.

Don’t worry, people will notice. Every little thing adds up.

Take the Blame

Stop being a weasel. If you made a mistake, just say, yeah that was me. People might get pissed with you but they know they can trust you to be forthright with them

If something went wrong and it was your mistake, never blame others.

Take the blame. Own it.

Accept total responsibility for that mistake.

If you accept that mistake, you can do something about it.

You make it; you own it.

No Excuses.


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