Came across this website, of all places, a forum discussing the merits of different audio compressors, i.e. VCA vs Opto vs FET vs etc etc
It's a very pleasant read, and I hope to incorporate a few more ideas into what I do in my free time.
The bottom line I read from the extract is:
Choose to live your life the way you think is best for you. No one else knows what is the best for you.
Chase your dreams, no matter how small. Don't copy*, be original even though the path may be lonely and un-travelled.
Work hard. This brings up the 10,000 hour rule, and the question of talent vs hard work. I'm sort of in-the-middle of the rule. I think talent is important, but more importantly, I think is the desire, the drive, and the (shudder) "passion" for what you love. Talent (which I wish I have) plus drive and dedication means an uber vfx td, imo. Which I am not. Yet. :P
Challenges. Everyone has their own set of issues with which to conquer. I think I have a fair number of those, like my inability to go socialize. I am sooo sad here, and it is what I believe to be a BIG challenge to tackle.
* I some what disagree with the no-copy idea. As stated in posts before, copying is a very good way to develop skills, not to exist as a copy. Skills learnt can be applied in so many ways (e.g. I use alot of wedding photography style flash, BUT I've never shot a wedding ;-) ) - once again, it brings up Everything Is A Remix.
This quote from the URL easily summarized the path I've chosen to walk.
"The price of being a sheep is boredom. The price of being a wolf is loneliness. Choose one or the other with great care."
No regrets. Carpe Diem.