Rae Ganci Hammers

Graphic Designer & Illustrator

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Up the Mountain

I've held onto this idea that success means quietly doing my thing until being discovered, lauded with praise, and then ascending into the design elite.  

The focus of that definition is on everything that comes after "discovered." Basically, its all about ego. And it places the responsibility of my success on others - to discover, praise, and lift me. Sounds really grotesque when I write it down. Sounds like a dreamy fairytale. My cheeks are burning.

The beautiful lesson in this class (which I so desperately needed), is that success actually lives in the first part of my statement. The "quietly doing my thing" part. Doing it because I can't not do it. Doing it for the sake of doing it. Doing it because I am lucky enough to live a life that allows me time and opportunity to discover and explore and experiment and learn and share and make art.

So then success, redefined: To consistently create; to broaden my abilities through exploration and practice; to share of myself, rather than for myself.

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Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.
―David McCullough Jr. 

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