2013 some things that I've noted about :
The Real Pros:
I have met some of the best artists in my industry and by and large they were humble and well adjusted people. These folks are the types who are approachable and don't spend time basting in their own glory, and can be spoken to like humans and not pompous self inflated stars.
You pros who look down on people just because you think you have a talent that happens to be praiseworthy in this century, keep in mind you still meet death like all of us, you still walk the planet with waste within you like all of us, you can have your talent taken from you in one quick accident. Here but by God's Grace, your talent is not guaranteed for tomorrow, neither is your life nor health, so show some humility, it all can be taken from you in heartbeat. You're an entertainer, and everyone's equally important whether a baker or accountant since we all contribute to society. Having status is a test to show if you're going to be a complete A-hole or humble and thankful.
Self Titled People:
If you're an artist, colourist, writer, or whatever worth mention, people will know about it even without a fancy website, blog, etc. There is no need for you to attempt to lord it over people. Every time you bellow about your accomplishments you make yourself look conceited, self satisfied, and insecure. Get over yourself, your title will come from what others say and means nothing when you brand and elevate yourself. Actions speak louder than words, so shut it and let the work talk.
The Foolish Professor:
Any professor that is too busy praising themselves and their supposed teaching skill is not even fit to be called a student. This is so because at least the student tries to learn and knows they need to learn. A true professor, like a martial arts sensei, should be able to train and spar with his students, accept defeat and deal it, and also continue learning. If you glory in your post as a professor, you've missed the whole point of your responsibility and are an ill placed leader not worth the title.
Increasingly, I am convinced that the best thing you can offer to the world is well raised children. None of your accomplishments in your job or life will be equal to this, and only a parent would be able to understand. In fact, the amount of patience, caring, selflessness especially cannot be reproduced except by having your own children. Caring for other children counts, but you cannot leave your own child and go home and that's the difference. Remember this when you have children and you will see that you only fully become an adult when you have a child that you are 100% responsible for. Before that you are just busying yourself with yourself, your life goals, and maybe your loved one. A child kicks you and your mate firmly out of priority as they have the right to be raised as best as you can raise them.
Everything from games to movies are here to keep you a child as long as possible and cater to your lusts, desire, and immaturity. Stop watching them so much, and make your own entertainment. We stopped TV last spring and it was the best thing we did. It doesn't mean not to watch and have frivolity and entertainment, but similarly if you eat dessert all the time you become fat, sick, and slow. People say they watch it for inspiration, but diversify your inputs. Go for a walk and use your eyes, the world is full of entertainment.
Whether your male of female, learn how to fix things. I started this year to stop being such a chicken and do it myself. The fact is that will Youtube, you can learn so many things, and if you take your time you will do simple jobs much better and with much more care than hired help. You keep all the tools you have to buy, save a boat load on labour, and learn something. I wish I would have done it earlier.
Many people would call me an artist and i take that appellage only because it best explains my career. But I also am a father, which I take very seriously, I study geography, languages, botany, meteorology, astronomy, cars, and many other things. Try to learn other things and be as diverse a human as you can be. If you only focus on one thing you will get stuck in a comfort zone and become myopic.
This is the most underrated role/career that has the most effect on society as a whole. Many problems can be traced back to this. Placing your kid in front of a TV is not parenting, and as much as possible, especially the first few years, your child needs the mother the most. It is not a role that can be done in the same way by anyone other than her, and it will have an effect. 2 parents working to survive is one thing, but when you have a choice to stay with your child and you don't so you can drive a nicer car, you're gambling with your children. Take away the beauty and dignity of the mother and watch the community go to straight to the gutter.
There's a lot of misunderstanding in this word: You doing whatever your heart desires is not freedom, it's slavery to yourself. That's called vice. Mastery over your weaknesses, desires, and covetousness is true freedom, and how you really become successful.
I had a few other things in mind, but I'll leave it at that. I'm entitled to my views, and you can take them or leave them as it is, I won't enter into debate.
I'm going to go ahead with 5C without any care at all if it sells well, but I will need help to do so. I am going to continue the pages here on dA till about 42, and then move it to patreon. There I will have incentives and other things that ic an reward my viewers with! I will do further edits and fixes before reposting the entire 45 pages there in one go. They will always be free, 2 comics worth! After that, i will need some help to keep it going, but the installment will be 8 - 10 pages chapters per month. Once I reach 200 pages i will do a hardcopy book. I might do some pages in colour, but mostly it will stay BW.
Go here to read it from the beginning! omar-dogan.deviantart.com/art/…
I appreciate your comments, and i am taking note of all the critiques you give as well! There seem to be about 150 - 200 people reading 5C on average which is great!
So i wish you guys the best in 2014, I will let you know which cons if any I am attending!
I really do thank you guys and I hope I have been of some use to you.
Asalaamu Alaikum = Peace be upon you!