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Today's entry will be a little reality check, and probably pretty sour for some people.
Because the moment when someone must speak up and get the things cleared up once and for all, must be unpleasant. And the truth cannot be hidden under the rug forever.
Every person that had burning passion for a hobby and tried to turn it into something more serious will be familiar with this question: How does it feel when people identify all of your hard work as someone's effortless gain?
Let me give you an example: world of design.
On one side -
We have person who worked hard to balance private life, paying bills, and gaining extra money to pay not so small scholarship and finish education which will upgrade beloved hobby to a job, and make it professional. Many years of fighting for an idea to survive, making your products. Getting better. Promoting, organizing exhibits, events, all by yourself. Finally, making an recognizable name.
Years of learning, months of sleepless nights, hours of drawing, physical pain in hand as consequence, biting lips and keep up working to finish final projects. Finally, getting the diploma.
Then, starting the serious fight for a place under the Sun among many brands.
And, on the other side -
We have person who likes this idea too, but this guy sits in front of a computer and orders components from cheap Chinese websites, visit shops and buys half finished, or ready stuff. Then he puts it together, or just paints it a bit, adds details -and thanks to options given on social networks, he proclaims himself a 'designer'. He names his work 'unique', 'handmade', 'designed by me'.
I say NO. I say STOP lying. And stop degrading people who have actually achieved something with hard work!
THE DIFFERENCE is that piece of paper which is 'a cherry on top' for the first kind of people - educated, professional, with clean reputation. It's the crown for their effort, tears, sweat, time and money spent. It stands for their passion, sacrificing, hard work and persistence.
And NOBODY has the right to degrade, or consider that difference unimportant, or to declare that 'it's all the same as others do'.
It is fine to be creative, have a hobby and to sell you stuff. But then don't call yourself professional - call yourself hobbyist! Don't be another human garbage. People are not stupid, sure they will buy your 'unique' stuff once, and they will learn that they've been lied to.
What has motivated me to write all this is, unfortunately, uprising number of people who 'decorate themselves with other's feathers', swarming the online market with garbage.
I dedicate this blog entry to all of my dear diligent friends: designers, engineers, artists and others who are being pushed aside by self-proclaimed 'professionals'. Don't be silent, and don't let them get away with it.
Quality over quantity!