Curiosity and Rigour

It turns out that to get anything done, you need both curiosity and rigour.  One without the other just doesn’t work.

The rigour is just about the process.  Stepping through the steps.  Making sure you keep showing up to make it happen.

The curiosity is what fuels the project.  It keeps you running.  It helps you learn to be better at what you’re doing because you discover as you do.

Everybody starts out being, at best, just all right at what they do, but in doing it, they have the opportunity to be wonderful, eventually.

There is room enough for all artistic and creative voices and the important thing is to keep speaking (through your art), with your own clear voice.

Success is not about response to your work, it’s about doing the work, learning more about doing work, while doing the work and being satisfied that you did what you tried to do.

Success is about realising the conception in your head to the best of your current ability, not about perfection or producing the most wonderful thing the world has ever seen.  You can’t get there in a single leap, so stop worrying and start practising, doing what you do, until you get better at it.

Love what you do.  Spend your life doing what you love.

This video really is worth a watch:

Andrew Zuckerman from 99% on Vimeo.

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You can find out more about me here: https://michaeltopic.wordpress.com/. There aren’t many people that exist in that conjunction of art, design, science and engineering, but this is where I live. I am an artist, a musician, a designer, a creator, a scientist, a technologist, an innovator and an engineer and I have a genuine, deep passion for each field. Most importantly, I am able to see the connections and similarities between each field of intellectual endeavour and apply the lessons I learn in one discipline to my other disciplines. To me, they are all part of the same continuum of creativity. I write about what I know, through my blogs, in the hope that something I write will resonate with a reader and help them enjoy their own creative life more fully. I am, in summary, a highly creative individual, but with the ability to get things done efficiently. Not all of these skills are valued by the world at large, but I am who I am and this is me. The opinions stated here are my own and not necessarily the opinion or position of my employer.
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2 Responses to Curiosity and Rigour

  1. LOVE THIS! Thanks for sharing. Just nice food for thought.

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