Two animators or texture mappers enter a contest. Both have the same level of talent. One wins the contest the other doesn't. Why?
Being successful or being mediocre is your choice. It is just as easy to be successful as it is to be mediocre.
What is the difference between being successful and being mediocre? It is taking the time to do the little things. It is that simple. Here are some examples.
Star sports figures practice the basics every day. Practice shooting 100 baskets every day and you will be a better basketball player. Take the time to learn the different nuances to using your feet for ball handling or how to hold a golf club and you will be a better soccer player or golfer.
Successful writers take the time to proofread, spell check, and the other small things that many writers forget to do.
Successful animation films use modelers, animators, texture mappers and texture painters that take time to do the little things. All the aspects of making a model are important. All the aspects of rigging and animation are important. All the aspects of texture mapping and texture painting are important.
Too often I hear people say that a particular task is not that important. The texture map is good enough. The texture painting is good enough.
Good enough is not success. Some sports teams feel that being in second place is good enough. Others find that making the playoffs are good enough. Some are happy to play the championship game even if they lose. For them that is good enough.
The team that wins the championship is successful. For them good enough is not good enough!