To Learn As Much As To Teach...

"To learn as much as to teach, to receive as much as to give." This week's post is a thank you note and also a word of praise to all the members of the creative community who not only work hard to excel in their craft but also give back to the community by sharing their knowledge and expertise so that others can succeed too. I strongly believe that when we all grow together and learn from each other the industry becomes stronger.

The title of this post is a phrase by Samuel Barnett, a social reformer who founded the Toynbee Hall at the end of the 19th century and who helped improve the quality of life of the communities of the East End (where I currently live). He once wrote that the volunteers who would come to work on his social projects came "to learn as much as to teach, to receive as much as to give...". I love these words because they completely reflect my way of thinking: there is no better life than the one led helping others. When we climb but at the same time lift the ones coming behind we improve the quality of the industry and that translates into a better community for everyone, one where we teach as much as we learn.

So from here I want to give a big shout-out to Nick Knight and SHOWstudio, to the team of Mastered and to all the people involved in their fantastic courses for taking the time to share their life experiences and their wisdom with those of us starting out in the industry.

Photo credit: behind the scenes taken by Rachel Williamson.

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