I came across this while listening to George R R Martin on a podcast.
Robert Heinlein was asked many times what it takes to become a professional writer. So he published his five rules:
- You must write.
- You must finish what you write.
- You must refrain from rewriting, except to editorial order.
- You must put the work on the market.
- You must keep the work on the market until it is sold.
While these were intended for authors, they can equally be applied to any creative endeavour - for instance design:
- You must design stuff - don’t just talk about it.
- Finish what you design.
- Don’t endlessly rework i.e. you can’t polish a turd.
- Market what you do.
- Don’t be discouraged by the first rejection.
Pretty simple yet sound advice!