There Are No Shortcuts to Progress and Success

Quite often I get asked what kind of tools I use to sketch. What kind of markers or what kind of pen. What I use for highlights or what paper works best with markers.
While these are all legit questions, all of which I myself was asking just a few years ago, I kinda want to take a second and say that none of it matters.

Whatever you decide to use, marker paper or cheap printing paper, expensive markers or some weird brand from unheard of places in the corner of the world, a fancy pen with a fancy name or a pen with a hotel chain written on it, it really doesn’t matter.

If you want to get better at something and reach an above average level in whatever your practicing, ALL that matters is exactly that – practice. Practice every single day. If you feel like taking a day off, well guess what, someone else is using that time to improve their skills and learn something new.

It all comes down to priorities. How bad you want it. You know you can use the pen that’s under your couch and the open envelope on the kitchen table to start sketching. You don’t need anything else to practice. The tools are details in the bigger picture of success.

Sometimes when it feels like you don’t want to do it anymore, stop and look back at what you’ve done, how far you’ve come. See it from a birds view. You got this far, don’t tell me you’re going to quit now?

There are no shortcuts to progress and success. Don’t do yourself a disservice by thinking there is.

I don’t know what your goal is. But I do know this. Take action towards it and decide to crush it every day and keep growing.

Inspiration is what ignites the fire, discipline is the fan that keeps it burning.