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Salvaging Obsession

Obsession is a word that gets a bad wrap. Obsession carries all the negative emotions of a life lived out of balance. It’s common to place obsession in the same category as the word addiction. The association is often warranted, but I believe it’s time we change that.

For me, obsession is what makes people interesting. Obsession manifests itself in different ways for different people and that’s what makes it fascinating. Obsession is the desire to experience something to its fullest extent. Used for good, it can be what makes us try again after every one else has given up. Obsession is what makes us go beyond what is acceptable in pursuit of something fantastic that we believe in. Obsession describes a state of focus more than an involuntary dependence on an unhealthy vice (that’s addiction).

Addiction can’t be leveraged for good, though I believe obsession can. Obsession is more congruent with resilience than addiction. Resilience is revered and celebrated by all levels of our society. Once an obsession has bred success it is revered, and all the sacrifices it took to get to that place are forgotten.

Many of us don’t even know what we’d like to obsess about. What is worth that kind of sacrifice on a daily basis? How can I even know that? I’ve been there—it ebbs and flows if I’m not deliberate about it. I find I have to ask: “what is the one thing I must do today, this week, this year?” far more often than I’m comfortable having to do on a regular basis. It’s the only way to stay focused, to stay aware of my purpose, and to know where I need to grow.

I’ve decided that obsession is good for me. It’s a lens through which to look at the things before me and decide what matters most. It helps me weed out the needless distractions. Obsession just might be what sets apart the thriving from the surviving. I’m ready to obsess, so I can do more than survive.


Stumbling Forward

I’m done giving off the illusion that it’s all peachy and going perfectly. I’m an amateur. A bonafide hack at best. And I’ve come to grips that’s ok. Everyone I look up to was a beginner once. Every genius knew nothing at first. Every artist didn’t know how to hold a pencil at some point.

I used to be even worse, and though I’ve gotten better I still have a long way to go. There will forever be more that I don’t know than I’ll ever be able to know. It’s no secret that I have a lot of room to grow. Instead of holding out on this blog till the day I’ve got it all figured out and perfected (ha), I’m going to try to fail forward in public on this site as much as possible.

Prepare yourself for a lot of rambly writing, a plethora of poor sketches, and a bunch of shabby doodles. It’ll all be in pursuit of being a little better than I was last week. The only way out is through. So, to help you be encouraged that you too can improve no matter where you are, I’m going to let my shabbiness hangout.

We’ll see how this goes. Writing this out is the first step toward forward progress. No longer will I be frozen in the now for fear of what the future may hold. I’d rather clumsily stumble my way forward than never move for fear of failing.

Buckle in.


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Tips for dealing with Designers:

  1. Don’t belittle the skill and effort it takes to make designs.
  2. Don’t assume you can do what we spent years trainings to do just because you took one class in high school or college way back when. (unless you’re a prodigy)
  3. Don’t expect good results from vauge, unrealistic requests.
  4. Don’t try to worm your way out of paying when its clear you can. (charities excluded)

This delicious doodle and list of hot-tips is by the amazing Avian Anderson whose work I admire greatly. Avian graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration and a focus on animation. Her work, mostly digital, grows out of a rich inner world informed by the cartoons and comics of her childhood. Her clients have included Ring Ring Rouge, Tokolosh, and other independent studios. She worked at Clambake Animation and currently works as lead designer for the creative group, Scapetti Pictures.


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