‘Anyone can certainly improve themselves if they are determined enough. And I sure was determined – it was sink or swim.’
Most people recognise the universal truth that creatives are bad at maths – or at least disinclined. Having all my superpowers in graphic design, I can confidently say I am a typical specimen of someone who is mathematically challenged.
Maths terrified me at school, and I suffered asthmatic symptoms of breathlessness and anxiety. Nowadays I could probably have requested a trigger warning and a nice beanbag, but in those times teachers snapped at laggards and I was expected to deliver thick slabs of sheets with correct answers and – heaven forbid – showing all working.
Sink or Swim
Naturally, I dropped maths as soon as I could, and commenced a blissful HSC program of art practice and theory, ceramics, history and English. Graphic design school followed immediately, and within a few years I realised the only maths needed I needed was “New size divided by Original, times 100,” and living within my salary.
Time passed, and it seemed like a great idea to set up in business. Despite never having learned any business subjects, and with a partner who is less inclined to mathematics than I am, we began a new journey. They say that “talent is born not made,” but anyone can certainly improve themselves if they are determined enough. And I sure was determined – it was sink or swim. I read a LOT, and asked a lot of questions.