Blog – Perseverance is the key to success!
What does perseverance mean? It means to be persevereus in life, but what does that even mean? It means to be persistence and patience when focusing on a specific task or even life in general. It means, to complete and to finish your task. It means, never give up and stick to the course and direction. You might be asking yourself the question, how does that lead to success?
By being persevereus in say, learning drawing. You will obtain skills or excellence. The only way to achieve it is through dedication, discipline and lots of blood, sweat and tears, in other words, perseverance.
I know many people all around the world who mistakenly think that natural talent is the magic ingredient for success. While talent is certainly a plus, it is by no means the key that will get you into the game industry. Think about it for a moment: how many very talented people do you know personally who are much better designers, composers, video editors, director, concept artist, programmer and leaders than those you read on gamasutra or other related site. Like me, I’ll bet you can say that you know quite a few. And yet, most of these gifted artists will never be known outside their own little circle. Why? Because natural talent alone is not enough.
Talent to me is the potential in you, hidden and waiting to get awaken. It is like getting some kind of disease, you might get it, there is a potential for it unless you live a healthy life. In other words, talent is achievable through perseverance. Obviously there are cases that someone is born with above average voice, sense of rhythm and rocking talent for playing drums or exceptional drawing skills. This natural ability will most often make that person learn certain things quicker then you, but it does not mean they are better then you. Obviously, that person will be noticed very quickly and admired due to his/her talent. But just because you can hold a pencil and draw something beautifull doesn’t make you an artist.
Becoming a real designer, artist, programmer or leader means developing your God-given natural talent through education, practice and discipline. No matter how amazing your gifts may be, they will only become more amazing in proportion to the effort and perseverance you put into advancing them. And believe me, the competition for success in game industry is so fierce, that you will need every last shred of excellence you can muster.
By now, you probably agree with me? You decide to take a drawin/programming lesson/course and attend it. This time it all comes down to practice, whether you are married, single, gaming, going on a party or tired, this has to happen everyday. You have to be able to to design/draw/program even when you are not inspired and if you can’t, you have to read. There are so many great books out there which will build your talent, everyone has a talent and it can be created through perseverance.
The game industry is not about the talent you may or may not have, but rather about their willingness to persevere in developing the talent you do have.
Several years ago I started testing people to find the ultimate team and I found several gifted designer, artist, programmers and so on. But I learned quickly that the wisest choice is to pick the less talented but good person instead. Not long ago I was asked, “Why are you hunting people with perseverance rather than natural talent?” The answer is simple, at the time it was a hobby with no profit or infrastructure, so many of the most “gifted” people did not show up on time for meetings, left early and complained loudly when asked to stay a little later for extra projects. I would much rather offer the jobs to designers/composers/artist/programmers who, while perhaps a little less “gifted, would be willing to work hard and persevere to create an amazing game that the entire team could be proud of.
Whether you are blessed by godly talent or just average, perseverance in honing your craft and skills can make the difference between success and obscurity in your career. As someone once wisely said: Perseverance is a lowly virtue whereby mediocrity can achieve a glorious success.
What else comes along with perseverance? Credibility, it means believability or/and reliability. It is about being consistent and persistant, in other words you need perseverance to keep things going long enough to gain credibility.
There are many who can create world wide success over night by releasing a great product such as angry birds for Iphone. But it is like a firework, it comes and it explodes, it aws the audience and it is gone. So by being consistent you will maintain the course your taking. Which, I might add the angry birds developers are doing very well.
Anyway, credibility is much like reputation and it isn’t done in a day, week or months. Just like trust, very few people will trust someone right away. The very universal concept is that it happens overtime and that it is dependable. Game companies like Blizzard, companies like Apple & Google and so on, only have to announce their game/product and all the people will flock around to buy it. Why? Because they have a track record of awesomness. You can and will expect great products from them. That is credibility.
In my opinion credibility starts with love for your craft, doing it no matter what, regardless of anyone knowing it, even after you get discouraged and yelled at. It is about perseverance! Keeping at it! Doing it! Learning new ways to hone your craft and achieving the next level, leveling up to become the ultimate craftsman!
Credibility is also about spreading your corn also known as networking. This will make you visible and spread your influence. You won’t have to convince others of your talent because they will be able to see/hear/read it. As months and years pass your reputation will begin to spread like ripples on a stream to audiences and opportunities that you could never imagine today. With every exposure…with every person you meet…you will be creating an image of dependability and respect as a craftsman. This again happens by using perseverance and never ever giving up.
And finally, credibility is inevitably connected to personal character and integrity. Just as in other professions, designers, programmers, developers in general who develop a lifestyle of trustworthiness, generosity, humility, honesty and fairness will be the ones others respect and want to work with. Those, on the other hand, who are self-absorbed and pursuing the “joyride” of fame, fortune and excesses will soon earn a reputation for unreliability and downright flakiness. I don’t have to name names…you know who they are.
Anyway, I am tired. You get the point by now? Perseverance = Success. So go dedicate yourself to your craft and show how awesome you are. Feel free to leave a comment along with your link/portfolie or anything to showcase your perseverance. Go on, don’t be shy…didn’t I just say networking is part of the game?
-FatCow Games AS, surviving through perseverance-
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