EDIT: I did not know that journals could be favorited.... o-o
I was doing my homework the other night for my Interpersonal Communication class and taking notes, when I came across a section in the book that made me think. It was describing how you could have the skill to change. Now, of course it was talking about communicating better, but to me, it also applied to improving in art. Here's the following text. Tell me what you think and what you got out of it yourselves, if you even want to read it. XDD"Having the Skill to Change:
Trying is often not enough. There are times when you would change if you knew how to do so.
First, you can seek advice--from books such as this one and other printed sources. You can also get advice from instructors, counselors, and other experts, as well as from friends. Of course, not all the advice you receive will be useful, but if you read widely and talk to enough people, you have a good chance of learning the things you want to know.
A second method of learning how to change is to observe models--people who handle themselves in the ways you would like to master. It's often been said that people learn more from models than in any other way, and by taking advantage of this principle you will find that the world is full of teachers who can show you how to communicate more successfully. Become a careful observer. Watch what people you admire do and say, not so you can copy them but so you can adapt their behavior to fit your own personal style.
At this point you might be overwhelmed by the difficulty of changing the way you think about yourself and the way you act. Remember, we never said that this process would be easy (although it sometimes is). But even when change is difficult, it's possible if you are serious. You don't need to be perfect, but you can change your self-concept and raise your self-esteem, and, as a result, your communication--if you choose to."
- Ronald B. Adler, Lawrence B. Rosenfeld, & Russell F. Proctor II; Interplay, The Process of Interpersonal Communication
Now, I certainly got a lot from this, not just in the concept of getting better in communicating (what it was really discussing) but also in the concept of better perfecting my art. I can study others and try to use their own style to my advantage, not to copy it, but to develop my own style and improve. And this could apply to most things anyway, but it all depends how you interpret it yourself.
ANYWAY, little random tidbit of information I found interesting and decided to share with you guys.
If your don't care, you don't have to read it. You can just go on a do something more important than reading my little ramblings. |DD