I'm writing today because I just wanted to talk about something. It's something I think I've learned that I want to share. I know there's a lot of "What I've learned" advice out there but no matter how much advice I read, it's still always interesting.
I'm at the point where I've been around enough that I can go to portfolio reviews to look at portfolios and to interact with younger students. I love discovering talent and finding that one unique aspect about someone that I'll never forget. I love looking through a group of books from a class and then finding the talented kid who worked with everyone else to make their books better. There is something about believing in someone and putting hope in them. I guess it's just something that makes us human, that makes us progress towards the future.
I'm also at the point where I'm still very young and need people to believe in me. I think about my first job offer and to this day, I'm still thankful that person looked at what I had and believed in me. I even wonder if I would hire myself from 4 years ago. Therefore, when I see books now, I know I can't judge exactly to the level I see things now but to the level I was when I was in their position.
So it's interesting for me now to see things from both points of view. To be a mentee seeking new mentors but also a mentor searching for mentees. But I think all of us are in this position. As we learn from others, we teach and pass on to others. And the more we pass on, the more we should want to learn.
You go through life meeting a lot of different kinds of people. Some people don't even see you and walk by you. Some people just don't like you and it's nothing you did. Some people are nice to you but then forget you. And then there are some people who you just spend a brief moment together but develop this bond. It's just something you just feel and hard to describe.
It's like you're old friends who just met.
So as Thanksgiving comes in about a month, take a moment to be thankful to those who believe in you and return the gesture.
Idea Vending Machine
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Design mind magazine
Check out these photos and video clip of the launch. Beautiful. Reminds me a little of Cai Guo-Qiang. His exhibition at the Guggenheim now is one of the most amazing exhibitions I've ever seen. Be sure to check out his video performances. Very dreamy.