After being accepted, this slogan became a regular mantra of mine. Everyday when I felt like giving up because the goal seemed to enormous for where I was at the time, I would remind myself of this simple truth, "Inch by inch, life's a cinch, by the yard it's hard." It calmed me down and relieving me of my self-imposed pressure I could focus on what I was doing at that moment. Rather than getting caught up in thoughts of where I should be and the overwhelming tasks I needed to do to get there, I began to just enjoy finishing each assignment, one by one, inch by inch.
Ironically it did not take long for this method to start paying huge dividends. I began receiving scholarships and awards for my work. And while still a student, I was invited to become an honorary member of the NJ Art Directors Club. At the Club's reception, one of the members, who was also a college professor, asked if I would be available to speak to her students on the secret to my success. I was flattered and without hesitation said, "Of course!" When she told me where she taught I was blown away, it was the very school I had left defeated by my own outlook years before. How ironic, I left that school overwhelmed by the burden of my own doubts and I got to return as an inspiration. I brought hope to a new generation of art students sharing the secret of my success; a silly little slogan that when applied brings so much more than expected. "Inch by inch, life's a cinch!"