There are Always People Better Than You and That's Okay
There are always people better than you. There will always be people who started earlier than you. That's a fact.
Starting late to the party?
When Steve Jobs started with Apple, there was Microsoft.
When Mark Zuckerberg built Facebook, there was Friendster.
When Seb Lester, Eleanor Winters or Jake Weidmann discovered their passion in calligraphy, there were countless of other master penmen who have already earned their keep.
When Ken Barber, Jon Contino or Stefan Kunz started lettering, there were already lettering artists or sign painters who made waves across the world.
You may not be familiar with some of those names, and that is a testament to the power of perseverance and further proof that it does not matter if people are ahead of you.
When these famous artists began their journey into their chosen fields, they were following in someone else's footsteps. And during the time when they were honing their craft, there are people who improve faster or become known more quickly. However, they did not stop pursuing their dream. If they stopped, you would not recognize them now.
"There are already too many great artists out there. So I don't want to start creating."
If you feel that there are already too many lettering artists or calligraphers out there and there's no point in starting, then you are mistaken. It's true that there are a lot of creators out there. However, compared to the people who don't create, those who do are only less than 10% of the population.
There will always people who are better than you. And that is okay. Because you are still ahead of at least 80%. And even when there are people better than you, you are you. You have your own voice. There will always be people who will be drawn to your story. There will always be people who can relate to you and who prefer going to you than to other artists. We are all humans, and it is about forging relationships as much as building your skills.
It's fine not to be the best out there. You just have to be the best version of yourself each time. Each one of us has his/her own voice and his/her own style that is developed through years of practice and constant improvement.
Let them be the light, and let yourself be you.
Instead of worrying whether you will ever be as great or as famous an artist as your idols or rivals, let them be the light that paves the way for you.
No matter how saturated you think the business is, and no matter how tiny you feel amidst the countless of talented artists and geniuses out there, there will be a place for you. As long as you stay committed with passion, and are willing to take a long way, you are on the right track.
Just be the best that you can be, and be a kind human.