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Sunday, 21 July 2013

Experience is crucial

When you're younger, it's easy just to think of it as a concept, a series of ticked boxes. But experience is the most important thing you have, and you steadily build it over an extended period of time.

I have a level of confidence now in regard to writing and directing that I didn't have before -- it's the result of being on a long journey.

I always knew I was in it for the long haul, and now I'm really beginning to see its advantages.

Many of my friends are in a similar position, reaching heights professionally, creatively, financially, that are the result of building their talent and knowledge over a long period of time.

Some people go stale, some get beaten down by the toughness of the industry. But if you survive, you get to flourish, because no-one has the experience you have.

Care to share?

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  1. 'Some people go stale, some get beaten down by the toughness of the industry. But if you survive, you get to flourish, because no-one has the experience you have.'

    Thank you for that. I don't have nearly that much experience in my field yet, but I really like the way you put that. Great reminder to just keep going.

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    1. Well I'm sure you already have more experience than many others. Keep at it!

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  2. Have you read Bounce by Matthew Syed - you'd love it. It's very much about practice and experience dictating skill.

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    1. Not heard of it but I'll check it out! I hope you are well :)

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  3. I second the praise for Bounce. An excellent book. Another important point Bounce talks about is desire/passion/love. The amount of practice required for excellence is so demanding that it's hard to excel without passion/love to keep you going.
    From DH of Watford...

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  4. This reminds me of a quote from Shadowlands which I watched again recently, Richard Attenborough's film about C.S. Lewis and the love of his life. "Experience is a brutal teacher but you learn, by God you learn".

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