"I am an American, Chicago born—Chicago, that somber city—and go at things as I have taught myself, freestyle, and will make the record in my own way; first to knock, first admitted;" Saul Bellow
2 build a foundation
foundation is all there is. the basics are your bedrock. need to know something? learn it. there is no one route to wisdom or experience; focus, find insight, and weave a thick blanket of knowledge and ideas. study study study, work work work, and mediate yourself. your understanding and facilities are all you'll have to fall back on for the rest of your life, so you'd better get to improving them, and you'd better not stop. what you're a master of and what you're not ain't nobody's business but your own. it's all within your grasp if you have the commitment to master the basics.