That it's "only one in a million that actually makes it" and you probably won't be that one.
Now, since I seriously decided to be an artist professionally, I've become one of those annoying people who keeps talking about "stagnating". In my book, if I'm bored and not stressed then I'm not working hard enough. A lot of my colleagues have said that this isn't a healthy outlook, that it'll ruin my health and I should just chill, but I think it's one that will help me become that "one in a million that actually makes it".
If I don't make it, I don't want it to be because I didn't try hard enough.
So of course I've been trying to get as many footholds into the industry as possible. Making connections is harder than it looks guys. Treasure the ones you manage to make- be sure to maintain them. I know I'm not one of those hugely successful people who gets "what's your secret" messages every day, but still. My advice to you is to push yourself every day. If something becomes easy, find something that's hard and WORK AT IT.
Also, I've decided to aim for an internship this summer. My little chickies won't all be in one basket of course, but this is a huge step forward for me. I tend to want to stay in my comfort zone when it comes to travelling, and I've never really gone anywhere so far by myself, so aiming for internships across the country is a huge thing for me. If I get one, I know it'll give me a step up once I graduate. And I will be able to learn so much if I get an internship. The thought of all that knowledge and learning opportunity gives me chills. I want that.
So- here's my New Year's Challenge to you. Try something that makes you uncomfortable or is hard. And work at it until it's no longer uncomfortable or hard. You'll find that you become a much more capable person when you do this.