I wonder if some of you might enjoy helping me explore a couple of ideas about mindsets for how to take a project to completion when up against difficulty.
Does anyone have any project horror stories and possible solutions of how they handled it? Backup failure, wrong format types, miscommunication from the art director etc etc.
Actually I tweeted a funny link about the latter not too long ago, well worth a look if you haven’t seen it already…
Anyway, there’s certainly different personalities at our studio that handle project/technical/personal difficulties in different ways, I suppose not too dissimilar to the popular humorous post by cliffy b regarding the people you often find…
So how do you motivate yourself to carry on a project to completion when blender/photoshop/gimp/insert just about any application here just crashed and you’ve lost your backup files? Or maybe you realise you’ve made a wrong turn early on and have wasted a day. Or that your level of ability seems to have plateaued and the same rewards for the same effort are no more.
Do you have any particular methods of motivation? are you a go for a walk type? Or a smash the keyboard type? Or can you keep your emotions even quite easily through the stresses.
I’ve heard it put that through a project or a learning curve you know you’ll hit a plateau so accept it as part of the process. When you no longer feel like you’re getting anywhere, just keep pushing safe in the knowledge that you’ll push right on through to the next level (ready for the next inevitable plateau).
Anyway, I’d love to hear your ideas.