Step 6: Daily Practice
If you only take one thing from this email, remember this quote:
"A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules."
Practicing Blender everyday - even if only for 30 minutes - will produce higher quality work in 5 years than someone who pulls all nighters for 6 months.
People don't want to hear this, but it's the truth. We all want to read the book "How to get rich in 7 days", and not the practical truth on "Get rich in 60 years".
Just like losing weight, or improving your finances, real art takes time and regular practice.
The long game isn't particularly attractive, but it's the one thing that's almost guaranteed to pay off in the future.
Step 7: Have Fun (or you'll quit)
The hardest part of learning anything is coming back for Day 2.
Because to learn is to repeatedly fail. And much like entering a boxing ring and getting punched in the face, nobody wants to do it willingly.
Learning a new skill sounds fun and romantic, until you've finished a hard day of work and now you just want to relax. Then learning sounds like absolute torture.
But as we addressed in Step 6, coming back every day is the most important thing you can do long term.
And to achieve that, you need to have fun.
Everyone will have different ways of doing this, but I personally like to do some days of hard learning and some days of pleasure projects.
Eg. 5 days of learning something difficult and hard, followed by 2 days of guilt free pleasure projects.
You can adjust this to your own liking, but that's what works for me.
I hope you find this advice useful!
If you like it, check out my post on the 9 Artist Lessons I Learned the Hard Way. Some are already mentioned here, but there's a few new ones as well :)