When we look at someones portfolio, their job title, or their work in general, people rarely think about how they got to where they are. What enabled them to do the things they do. Most people, myself included, tend to think «Damn. I wish I could do that.»
Take a moment and look at Richard Branson’s journey, from where he started to where he is now. He started out selling christmas trees, and now he’s actually making money of tourism in space. Those things are wildly different.
When I started my bachelor degree in what was called «Design and multimedia communication», which is basically the same as graphic design, I was never able to meet my own expectations. Simply because I kept comparing myself, and my work, to the people I looked up to, who may have had 10-20 years of experience more than me. That right there is the recipe for self destruction.
The next time you look at someone’s work, or where they are in life, think about how they got there. Instead of being jealous of what you haven’t done, compared to them. Or better yet, ask! Worst case scenario he/she says no, best case scenario you get a kick ass story, and possible som ideas that’ll inspire you.
Either way, you can be sure they didn’t start at the place where they are now.