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feeling: Fine, I suppose.

Okay, so it's come to my attention recently (as you know if you've been following this 'blog) that I have been doing it wrong my whole life. What is it, you ask? Well, everything, I suppose.

You see, I am a smart guy. Not technically 'genius' smart, but close. It makes it exrtremely easy for me to get by doing as little as humanly possible. I don't try to do most things. Because of that, I had fallen into this pattern wherein I would skip from topic to topic, learning enough that it would start to melt my brain, then moving on. Of course...a lot of these topics have been pretty interesting, and a lot of people would consider me fairly expert at a variety of topics...although I am not an actual expert at any of them.

Not an expert. I am not even sure that I know what that means anymore.

Anyway, the one thing in the world that I have any right to claim to be an expert at is Design...although I am not an actual expert. Although, really, design is something someone can't actually be an expert at. You can be talented, and skilled, and persistent, and thoughtful, and clever...but you can't be an expert. I can't say, objectively, I am a better designer than someone else. I am not someone else, so I would probably not solve a problem the same way as someone else...but I cannot strictly say that I am better.

Anyway. I have been trying to think of ways to explain this to people without shooting myself in the foot. I am trying to think of analogies. I can't come up with anything good though. It's not like many things.

The best thing I have come across recently is a quote from Linus Pauling, "The best way to a good idea is to have lots of ideas."

That takes time. If you aren't interested in good ideas, perhaps you are talking to the wrong "designer."