Let me tell you something you already know.

The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done. Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!

– Rocky Balboa

The idea is to keep moving forward – each branding / logo design engagement is better than the previous one – so good that a client who got a logo designed from me earlier, now wants me to re-design it for him and pay me for it. THAT good.

I don’t usually bitch about or point fingers to claim that I couldn’t do something because of someone else but I do have some familial influences and I rue the fact that I never really had a mentor / someone who was in the same profession & saw my potential & encouraged me. I need to get over these two thought streams.

The 10,000-hours rule says that if you look at any kind of cognitively complex field, from playing chess to being a neurosurgeon, we see this incredibly consistent pattern that you cannot be good at that unless you practice for 10,000 hours, which is roughly ten years, if you think about four hours a day.

– Malcolm Gladwell

I am also a believer in Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hours. Especially because branding design and photography are fairly complex cognitive fields.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Coach Carter Quotes