1. Driven by ideas
Once I had an idea, I was driven to bring it to life. It did not matter what techniques I needed to learn.
For example, I wanted to express my love for reading. To make my idea of flipping book come true, I found a tutorial Open Your Book on Youtube and learned how to turn on 3D layer for a 2D object.
Similarly, I wanted to create a cup of pumpkin spice latte. I found a tutorial Flat 2D Smoke Clouds on Youtube and learned how to use slider control and wiggle expression.
The idea-driven approach has kept me motivated and pushed me to discover new techniques.
2. Stay humble
I was optimistically confident about my motion design skill at the beginning of the project. My confidence dropped rapidly as I started exploring After Effects — the huge skill gap made me realize how limited my experience and knowledge in motion design actually was.
The Dunning-Kruger effect describes the cognitive bias in which people of low-ability have illusory superiority and mistakenly assess their ability as greater than it is.
The more I became aware of my own incompetence, the humbler I became.
In order to improve my own craft, I need to stay humble, regardless of how much I thought I already knew.
3. Be the 1%
Before I started the 100-day-project, I spent most of my spare time consuming content: social media, Netflix… Sometimes I might even take an online class or read a book. But all of these things were just input.
In Internet culture, there is a “1% rule” that describes the participation rate of an internet community: only 1% of the participants of a community actively create new content, 9% of the participants edit content, and 90% of the participants only view content.
Since I started the 100-day-project, I became a creator. I started making things I like, learning a new craft, and influencing people around me in a positive way.
I want to belong to the 1% people who creates content — this thought has motivated me to show up every day, especially when it’s hard.
Looking back, I’m thankful for people who created tutorials and posted them on Youtube for free. I am deeply motivated by all the creatives out there who are making beautiful things in volume, consistently.
Here are 10 creatives who have kept me inspired throughout the project: