Have you ever been in the presence of someone that is an absolute master at what they do? Can you remember how it felt? Trying to describe how I feel when I’m watching a master work is hard for me. How do you describe such admiration, respect, craft, legacy, and awe? How can you summarize the tools, the hours and years spent practicing, the broken fingers, the callused skin, and the breadth of knowledge?
You can’t. You can only see it in their face. You can only see it in their work. You can only see it in their confidence.
I have a lot of heroes. So many people that I see online impress me with great work, thoughts, and creativity every single day.
So much so that I spend more time in admiration and thought than I do in creation. This is backwards and unproductive to say the least. I think it’s a good thing to study and admire the work of others, but I think it’s counter-productive to have heroes. I say “Kill Your Heroes”.