“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” - Thomas A. Edison
Inspiration does not come easy. One of the greatest struggles of a designer is to conceive ideas, develop an original voice and tell a story in a way that hasn't been told before. Often, we rely on those who have come before us; those who have lit the path with brilliant ideas and allowed us to ride on their creative coattails. That doesn't mean our work is any less important, valuable or meaningful. In fact, the most essential facet of the design process is collaboration - one "inventor" illuminates another's imaginative spirit, giving light to otherwise hazy concepts.
Keep in mind:
The electric light, one of history's most exceptional innovations, was not “invented” by Thomas Edison. He was neither the first nor the only person attempting to create an incandescent lamp. When the question arises, who invented the light bulb, Edison is typically given credit. However, he was (more accurately) continuing the work from previous inventors. Historians estimate that over twenty minds worked toward the creation and design of the light bulb. Therefore, it is appropriate to credit numerous developers. The light bulb as we know it today does not belong to one man's inventiveness, but many in combination, and is the result of much time, effort and perseverance.
Whether it is a project of your own, or in partnership with a designer, moments will arise when the temptation to walk away from a creative endeavor is overwhelming. Ideas seem scant and the lustrous dream is dimmed. Don't give up, because in a moment's flash your most dazzling vision will come to light.
Here's to the modern "Edison Bulb" - still quite handsome:
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Be inspired...radiate brilliance.