"It's so easy to fall in the footsteps of others," Dorsey says. "You think it's the right way because you think they've had the success and you can copy that success."
But an excerpt about how painters shouldn't worry about creating art that other people will like, but should be original, taught him to avoid that pitfall.
"Don't worry about the rejections. Everybody that's good has gone through it," says the book. "Don't let it matter if your works are not accepted at once. The better or more personal you are, the less likely they are of acceptance."
"What's meaningful about this passage to me," explains Dorsey, "is we work so hard to get some sort of acceptance in the world, to get some sort of positive feedback," he says. "We look at others and it seems so fast — their success — it seems like they did it in just a moment, but it takes years and years and years and patience."