How to fight and win against a genius
“What I dream of is something like eating every day, eating and eating and being hungry again. So I have a day today.”
– Cartoonist Lee Hyeon-se
“How to fight and win against a genius” – Cartoonist Lee Hyeon-se
If you live, you will meet a genius once in a while, whether you are lucky or bad.
Most of us end up scarred in competition with this genius, or we give up our way.
And either live in intimidation for the rest of their lives, or have a job that has nothing to do with their hobbies or talents and live longing for the roads they have never been to.
It is a terrible and cruel thing to meet such a genius who cannot be overtaken in his field.
When I became a prodigy in drawing in my neighborhood when I was young and was recognized for my talent for cartoons at school, I entered the cartoon world and met my colleagues.
I knew that my talent was not much of a difference.
But among them, I met one or two geniuses. To the extent that I suffered from insomnia, I lived every night drawing pictures as if I was up all night.
My studio was an attic on the second floor, and every day when I heard the tofu vendor's bell, I would fall asleep holding the stack of manuscript papers with the satisfaction that I had lived longer than others slept.
However, that friend made my manuscript into toilet paper with the manuscript he scribbled for a few days even after drinking only for a month.
I resented my innate talent, gritted my teeth, and competed with that friend, but as time went on, only my wounds grew.
I lost interest in comics and the idea of becoming a writer gradually faded away.
The time has come for me to compromise with reality with a wounded heart and to go out into society.
But I was crazy about cartoons.
When a new semester begins, I make sure to teach students how to fight and win against these geniuses.
That is, never go head-to-head with geniuses.
When you meet a genius, it's best to let it go first.
Then you don't have to get hurt.
The path of an artist is a long-distance marathon, not a sprint.
Geniuses always go first, and if you go first and look back, life is trivial.
And one day, he meets the wall of God and throws it away.
When human beings meet the wall of God that can never be crossed, the genius gets frustrated, wanders, and destroys himself.
And loses his job and stops and throws it away.
Like this, if you send a genius first and walk steadily every day with the thought that you can do it for 10 or 20 years, one day you will see yourself passing by overtaking the genius who stopped.
Living is a long-distance game over a long period of time, never a short-distance game.
Students who aspire to cartoons want to draw well. If so, bring a sketchbook with you every day. You just need to do 10 croquis.
In a year, you will draw 3,500 pictures, and in 10 years, you will pose for 35,000 pictures.
There are all kinds of human postures, fashions, and landscapes in it.
In short, there is almost nothing in this world that has not been drawn.
In addition, if you want to write a good article, you can write a diary and take notes every day.
You have the most honest persuasion to dig into your inner world and all kinds of imaginary ideas and plots.
The most honest story that only one has experienced touches everyone.
Cartoonist Lee Doo-ho always advises her juniors, “Draw with your butt.”
These words always impress me.
There is nothing more important than tireless concentration and endurance to live as a writer for the rest of your life.
Sometimes there are geniuses with endurance.
Such a genius is a blessing just to exist, and I am thankful just to see it.
Such geniuses give us so much pleasure and benefits and show us the way to go.
I am overjoyed by the fact that I live in the same age as such geniuses.
People like me just need to draw one more picture before going to sleep.
If I take just one more step before the sun goes down, one day I will meet the person I longed for.
Whether it's the top or the mountainside, what I want is as long as I want it to be.
In conclusion, I think the way to beat a genius is love for what you do. In other words, why do I do it, not a life that focuses on the wonderful me doing it? How meaningful and precious is it to me? It will be the difference between knowing this and working or not.
Myungja Anna Koh