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Staying on Top When Your World's Upside Down


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Tác giả: Joe Tye

“The function of the overwhelming majority of your artwork is simply to teach you how to make a small fraction of your artwork that soars.  One of the basic and difficult lessons every artist must learn is that even the failed pieces are essential...  The best you can do is make art you care about - and lots of it!”
David Bayles & Ted Orland: Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

In the book referenced above a study was cited in which two groups of art students were given an assignment to make ceramic pots. The first group was told to make as many pots as possible; the second group was told to make the best quality pots they could. Guess what? The group given the assignment to make the most pots also ended up making the highest quality pots. Why? Because the “quality” group sat around thinking about it while the “quantity” group got to work, made really bad pots, learned from the experience, and continuously improved their technique.

When I was in business school, we studied the learning curve, which states that as volume increases, costs go down and quality goes up. That’s because experience is the best teacher. It turns out to be a more general principle of life. Don’t worry about what it looks like, whether or not it will sell, or what anyone else thinks of it. Just do your work, make your art, write your novel, create your products, send out your resumes, making it better with each iteration. Eventually you will hit the quality you need.

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