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No Excuses: "They Tell Me I Can't"

Thu Apr 12, 2012, 7:58 AM
i love art!
art art art

Fuck 'em.  What the hell do they know anyways?

Now I know thats a little bit harsh language but this excuse really pisses me off.  I'm not angry at the person who uses the excuse "they tell me I can't,"  I'm pissed at the people who tells the person they can't. Seriously, anyone who says you can't do it is making up shit and doesn't know what they're talking about.

I've heard many different variations of this excuse. "THEY" can be your mother, father, brother, sister, best friend, teacher.  "They" can be people on forums, or professionals you've talked to that have their head so far up their ass they forgot what it was like to start out.  But no matter who "They" are, the fact of the matter is they don't know anything about what you're trying to do. So what qualifies them to judge if you can do it or not?

What reasons did they give you to back up this wild claim of "you can't do it?"  Was it because You don't have the education?  the skills?  Is it because you won't make much money?  Is it because they don't think you have the dedication or heart to pull it off?  Well it doesn't matter cause none of that matters either.  If you don't have the education, you can read books and go to school.  If you don't have the skills, you can practice.  If you won't make much money, you can have a part time job, until you do make enough money.  If you don't have the dedication... well then you wouldn't want to do this to start with would you?
The bottom line is that people who tell you "you can't" are people who don't want you to. I don't know why they don't want you to follow your dreams, but its bullshit and it's not their choice, it is yours.  If you want to do something, the only thing that can stop you, is yourself.  You can do whatever you set your mind to do.  That doesn't mean it'll be easy.  You might have significant obstacles in your your way. But they're just obstacles, not dead ends.  With enough hard work you can overcome them, you just can't give up.

So if someone says "you can't" punch them in the ear and say "that's from Shono"  then proceed to show them you can.

Because we don't make excuses, not like they do, we make comics.

We're too lost
to lose hope
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MarissaWalker Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You sir are too cool. Best Rant ever, and you know what? Exactly what I needed to hear today so thank you. :)
Shono Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Good! I'm happy to help!!

I'm just tired of the negativity I see everywhere. People need to know they can do these things if they wanted to. It's their choice, not anyone else's. But you need to make the choice to do it, and stick with it, and not make excuses.

And I know you haven't been. so keep at it!!
yeahgirl11 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You might have significant obstacles in your your way. But they're just obstacles, not dead ends.

I like that. :nod: Very very true. Thanks a lot for sharing your words with us Shono. They're truly inspirational.
Shono Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's my pleasure. I'm just speaking the truth. There can, and probably will be significant obstacles that slow you down, or even stop you (temporarily). It can be financial, Medical, social, educational, emotional. Whatever. And they can be extremely serious and need you're attention more than your art career. However, as long as you're breathing, and living, they can all be overcome, to succeed at art. Its just a matter of dedication, and ingenuity. We're human beings, with brains, lets use them!
yeahgirl11 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I like that. :nod: I like your positivity. I need to start being positive myself.
Shono Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Positivity goes alot farther than you may think. Not to mention, it makes the people around you more positive as well... and that makes for everyone just feeling better! (wow, that sounds corny as hell.... too bad its actually true..)
yeahgirl11 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You know, now that you say that, that reminds me of that one dude off of Southpark- the redhead one who drives the bookmobile and says those cheesy lines about how reading is fun and stuff. :XD: Not knocking your words of course- what you said is true, it just reminded me of that. :laughing:
Shono Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
hahaha indeed indeed haha
Wolnier-Wolf Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm only 15yrs old and I think I got lucky enough to be blessed with a family that encourages me to follow what I love. I honestly don't think I'm that good(always room for improvement, even for the best) but that's always what helps me succeed in my art.
Shono Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
well You're only 15. You have a long way to go to before your art is at a professional level, but a lot of time to get there. I was 23, graduated from college, and I still had a long way to go before my art was Professional level... but then again i sucked at drawing when I was 15. You're already doing better than I was, so stick with it, and success is assured!
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