Usher dropped some knowledge during his conversation with Pharrell on Artst Tlk. It was interesting to hear about how he became the Usher we know and also hints on his philosophy of life while talking to Pharrell and giving some advices to singer Leah LaBelle. I wish it would have been a little longer, but I still got some great insight from this interview :
How can I really learn a lesson if I regret anything?
I never thought about it this way but it makes sense. Everything is there to teach you a lesson and it might repeat itself until you learn whatever you're supposed to learn from it. I think the hard part is to recognize that you're meant to be learning something from the situation and then figure out what that lesson is.
Evolve or evaporate
Everything is always changing : Things either get better by evolving or get worst by decaying. Nothing really stays the same, so it's up to you to decide if you're going to let things fall apart by doing nothing and let nature take its course or if you're going to work on them and transform them into something new. Drawing to me is the perfect example: Either you keep working at it and you get better or you do nothing and you get worst.
Fear creates nothing new
This really resonate with me. Fear is probably the biggest enemy of most artists : fear of failure, fear of putting yourself/ideas/thoughts out there, fear of being judged, fear of not being good enough, and the list goes on. But time and time again, it's the fearlessly creative who come up with the greatest work.
Love is patience. Work until something happens.
It takes a lot of work and a lot of patience to become good at anything. This is why you really have to love what you do because it makes it easier to build the kind of patience needed to become a master of your craft. Keep working until something happens. This goes back to the 10,000 hours theory where it is said that it takes 10,000 hours to really become good at something. In my case this probably means 10,000 sketchbook pages. I'm still working on it ;)