Hangedman walking the Tokaido road

Eternal Apprentice Ethos

You will not become a master at any craft through ten thousand mindless hours, or ten thousand heedless failures.
Concentration, not attrition.

You will only notice your mastery once you have already attained it, when you have long since stopped caring about mastery.
Progression, not desperation.

Never confuse the idea of the craft for the craft itself.
Pragmatism, not romanticism.

You will inevitably compare your work against others, so do what only you might do; you cannot do otherwise.
Improvisation, not juxtaposition.

You cannot make mistakes when learning; making mistakes is learning.
Experimentation, not resignation.