Choose to be Great!

25 06 2008

Allison Stulpin
Graphic Designer

Doing my daily surfing expeditions into the World-Wide Web I came across a statement that got me thinking about myself as a designer and as an over all human-being.

“Arrogance without humility is a recipe for high-concept irrelevance; humility without arrogance guarantees unending mediocrity.” – Clay Shirky, New York University Interactive Telecommunications Program.

More often than not I’m fighting the urge to be self-loathing of my creativity while quietly, and often in the same breath, giving myself a pat on the back for a job well done. The struggle, I have found, is striking the balance between awareness and acknowledgment. I am very aware, on the basest of human levels, that there will always be room for improvement, while I continue to fight the urge to prove my greatness to others. I know I’m not alone.

This concept of humility and arrogance intertwined to guarantee greatness is not limited to one profession, gender or race. However, not everyone will seek to be great or humble much to the chagrin of others. For those who do seek to be great however, success can be found in the awareness and acknowledgment that both qualities are necessary. It is that awareness and acknowledgment that will ultimately separate the mediocre from the great. So, be aware of the need for improvement, and be ready to acknowledge your greatness in every aspect of your life.

Be great today!