yes, that is a song by dream theater. no, i am not talking about that song.
what i actually wanted to share with you, is an important lesson that i learnt over the last year. i’ve been thinking a lot about what makes the difference between professionals and amateurs, and this is what i have come up with yesterday when i dedicated 5 hours to writing a one minute a capella piece:
professionals are people that put a lot of their time into work.
as a student, you often have the feeling that you are way behind with your work and also sub par with quality. i have now come to the conclusion that this is mostly a time issue for me; i just do not give enough room to my (home)work. often i force myself to work way to fast because that is how i expect a pro to work. but that is not the case. professionals take the time to work things out in detail, giving the process a lot of time instead of just listening to their intuition.
the consequence for me is, that i have to do a lot of prioritizing, which also means to delegate more work to colleages, but also that i will turn more of my hours into work hours.
dear 17 year old me, take the time. do not rush on your compositions and productions. take the time.