Taking action in response to genius.

Taking action in response to genius.

I’ve heard it said that there are two types of genius­es: the type whose work makes some­one feel that they’ll nev­er mea­sure up, and the type whose work makes some­one feel inspired to do bet­ter work.

But real­ly, doesn’t that say more about the observ­er than it does about the genius? I can look at a design or hear a piece of music, and I can choose how to let it affect me. I can choose to try to cre­ate some­thing sim­i­lar just to see if I can, or I can hang my head and say, “I’ll nev­er be that good.”

Even if what I’m doing could be con­sid­ered copy­ing some­one else’s style (and some­times right­ful­ly so), I’d rather choose to make myself bet­ter than to wal­low in self-dep­re­ca­tion. How else will I learn? How else will I be bet­ter if I don’t take steps out­side my com­fort zone?

Just don’t take me as say­ing that it’s okay to copy someone’s work then call it your own. It’s not. That’s called steal­ing. Nev­er­the­less, there is def­i­nite­ly some­thing to be said for ana­lyz­ing someone’s work and fig­ur­ing out what works and how to use it in your own work.

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