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A characteristic of artistic education is for people to tell you that you’re a genius. […] So everybody gets this idea, if you go to art school, that you’re really a genius. Sadly, it isn’t true. Genius occurs very rarely. So the real embarrassing issue about failure is your own acknowledgement that you’re not a genius, that you’re not as good as you thought you were. […] There’s only one solution: You must embrace failure. You must admit what is. You must find out what you’re capable of doing, and what you’re not capable of doing. That is the only way to deal with the issue of success and failure because otherwise you simply would never subject yourself to the possibility that you’re not as good as you want to be, hope to be, or as others think you are.

~Milton Glazer

I feel like that is so true. In my own art and design education, also in my time working I’ve found that every time I had really messed up on a project was when I wasn’t ready to see my own limits. And every time I have subsequently succeeded is when I went into a situation knowing my own limits, but pushing past that line of self doubt to achieve something I otherwise couldn’t have done before.

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