Have you ever heard the phrase: “Knowledge is power”?
You probably have.
Well, I am here to tell you that that is not true. It’s a lie.
Knowledge is actually only potential power, not real power.
Picture any super hero with special abilities.
If they saw crime, and didn’t do anything about it, then, what would be the point?!
We all know we need to eat healthy and workout to lose weight, and yet, there is more obesity in the world than ever before, even though there are more diets and workout routines than ever, why?
Because knowing is not the same as doing.
What is better than knowledge?
That is when you know what you should do, and also do it.
Knowledge alone gets you NO RESULTS.
This is the name of the game:
If you have a lot of knowledge about animation, and you never apply anything, then you would get the same results as the total beginner who hasn’t started, that is: Zero results.
But if you have the knowledge of a beginner, and you take action, then at least, you will have created something.
The main point I want to make here is that, you should track your results.
In the last post about “Experience is not the same as improvement” I talked about tracking your progress, well, in here I want you to also track your results.
Is what you are doing bringing any results?
Notice that the question asks for an ACTION.
I didn’t ask: “Does what you know bring any results?”
Because knowledge is not power. Applied knowledge is.
How do you think Walt Disney got to become so great?
Do you think it was because he knew a lot? NO!
It was because he was applying what he knew!
This is very important and very sneaky, so be very careful with this trap.
The enemy you should look for is:
Superficial knowledge is when you just remember something about a topic, and you think you know it, just because you remember it.
Remembering is not the same as knowing.
And it’s certainly not the same as understanding.
Dalai Lama talks about this in his book.
He talks about how with all the information overload (thanks to the internet), we have all become smarty pants who think we know everything. Of course Dalai Lama uses a more elegant and compassionate language, but that is how I would say it.
This is what Dalai Lama calls superficial understanding.
There are 3 levels of understanding:
- Listening (or reading) something
- Reflecting on it to understand it intellectually
- Internalizing it through experience.
You see, when you only hear about something, you don’t really understand it, you only remember it mentioned somewhere.
Dalai Lama then proceeds to talk about how important it is for us to practice when he talks about acquiring a skill.
Practice is a key factor, but only after we get some knowledge and reflect on that knowledge.
This is a very interesting thing you can start practicing today.
Follow these 3 levels as if they were steps to follow the process of transformation.
- Watch a tutorial: Acquire knowledge.
- Reflect on it: Think about it, decide if this is true or not for you, decide if this is something that makes sense to you, and gain conviction on what you need to do to apply this knowledge
- Internalize it: Practice it. You can only get to this level when you transform the knowledge into experience, and then reflect on it to transform it into improvement.
The main lesson here is this:
Knowing something is not power. It only helps you to recognize it when someone talks about it in the future, but doesn’t bring you any results, it doesn’t lead to a transformation.
You don’t get from point A (no skills) to point B (awesome skills). You just stay on point A.
If you really want to get a transformation, you need to follow the 3 steps of the process of transformation proposed by Dalai Lama:
- Get knowledge
- Reflect on it.
- Internalize it through experience.
This 3rd level of understanding is when the knowledge becomes part of who you are, when you let that knowledge transform you into a better version of yourself.
Don’t settle for superficial understanding and do your best to apply what you learn.
Remember, the name of the game is: RESULTS.
Practice what you know, and you will start getting closer to the results you want.
Which, I suppose is to become a great artist, or animator.
I hope you learned a lot and most of all, I hope you practice what you learned today :D
The newest release from Reallusion to create 2d animations.
Now, the motion clips can adapt to any character in any scale.