Cryptic Advice

There's a whole lot of advice out there. Some is useful. Some can be detrimental. Some people are grateful for a bit of help, while others get offended at friendly tips. 

I am of the mind that you take what you dig and pass on that which you don't. 

There are many types of advice, but one I see the most I dub Cryptic Advice. 

It's like advice which can seem universal, could be like duh! But not so easy to follow. Or a tip that can suggest so many things it's like the originator is purposefully trying to throw you off.

But are they? 

If you get too specific you run the risk of coming off as a know-it-all. If you give too little you can appear to be holding back. Maybe so the artist can get ahead while keeping the rest back? Maybe sometimes. But come on. There can be so many interpretations and accusations. 

Personally, I feel if someone has achieved something and then shares their experience, it's pretty darn cool. To see how they think, or what led them to their work that you love. Just to open the hood of the whole works and get a look at what makes everything tick. Your mind will hold on to all the info and put it together piece by piece and sooner or later you'll have a picture, an idea of what's what. 

If you don't feel it will help you, then simply move on to another bit of advice. There are many different people in the world, many different artists, and not all are the same. 

Read between the lines. A bit of advice may seem cryptic until some context is put behind it, then it's a different story. 

WCM











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