The million-dollar Question

It’s a common thing, but not often regarded as a negative influence. It keeps us at distance. It creates a gap between you and... that what you want to achieve. It’s an invisible wall that either delays us or stop us completely. It leaves you not with the idea that it’s stopping you, but rather fills you with admiration or inspiration. It may motivate you to improve, but it keeps the “how to” vague and hidden from you, effectively making it impossible for you to understand what the steps are to achieve whatever.

It’s like the bag of chips and the Bud Light during the super bowl; it adds to the experience, but it’s not necessarily healthy for you. Now this example may not be applicable in your scenario, but you get the point. It’s the feeling we experience when we are witness to something unbelievable; something that goes beyond our wildest dreams. Perhaps not as extreme as I portray it, but when we see something that displays a level of craftsmanship that is beyond our own, we ask ourselves the million-dollar question.

How? We can’t begin to imagine. I have watched montages that left me with a void I thought I could never fill. This void represented my inability to answer that question. I would watch entire tournaments from one man’s perspective. He goes by the name of WarBulletProof. His consistency and high impact kills during games left me with that one question. With a void to fill. It was only after a lot of practice and consistently playing scrims that I began to realize how to achieve what I previously thought was unachievable, or at least so vague I couldn’t start to imagine how to achieve that level of skill. The question exists because we don’t know how that person got to that point. We don’t know what they went through and what experiences shaped them to achieve that level of skill.

Someone’s experiences make up the building blocks of that skill. This skill is the result of what he has put into the game. Perhaps one has had friends tell she or he should take things a bit more seriously while playing. This might for example make the person to review their actions from time to time; shaping their craft as the time goes by.

Destiny is now two years and three months old. This means players had more than two years to become who they are today. This leaves a lot of room to variables. When you might have been playing the Vault of Glass everyday with your pals, the other might have been in the crucible learning about player spawns and the relation with their own position. One might have been practicing “pigeon spots” during rumble games and figured out ways to use them effectively in scrims; I could name a few. Whoever it is you look up to, just know that there is a reason for it. No one became great at something overnight. Rome wasn't built in one day.

The person in question might be willingly keeping you at a distance. It’s an effective way to maintain his or her position. I for example do not share the playlists I have. I’ve been working with Lekker Edits for a while now, yet I’ve never gave anyone my sources. It enables me and Lekker to come up with concepts to genres no one even thought of using for an edit. I will, however, reveal my initial source of inspiration to apply different and perhaps abstract genres to edits. When I saw Nghtly’s001” for the first time, it was the fact that he used classical music that impressed me. The question struck me; Why did he choose to use classical music for an edit? The idea sounded so bold in my mind. This opened my eyes to different genres. On this day I have over 4000 pieces in multiple playlists that make up my personal web of inspiration. Every day, one track at a time, I add something to that spider web. Every year it grows exponentially. The mystical aspect of skill exists in every from of admiration. We all start somewhere. It is not magic, although it may look magical, there is a story behind every skilled player.