In my last post ''Talent is an illusion(part 1)'' I've talked about the link between creativity and development.
This week I want to continue talking about that but also share my thoughts about the pros and cons of two very different approaches to learning: being taught by a mentor and self teaching. In both cases we need to learn from the old masters and compare their work with that of other contemporary artist.
Being taught by a mentor can be either good or bad depending on the mentor. A good mentor will tell you valuable tips a book cannot, stuff he learned through his own experience and he will give you an honest and constructive critique about your work. The worst thing a bad mentor can do is willing to see his own work through yours. That can only bound an individual expression of art and limit his creativity.
To be self taught means to do a lot of research. The technology of our age gives us the opportunity to do lots of research, very fast and very easy but the drawback here is it can also easily lead to procrastination and insecurity. It is fundamental to have a strong sense of discipline and to draw inspiration from others work. Only through trail and error we can apply what we learn in our own style and create something unique from our imagination.
The quote I want to share this week is by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: ''To be independent of public opinion is the first formal condition of achieving anything great.''
Are you still struggling to find your own path?
I encourage you to share your thoughts in the comments below
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