I think one of the most important things any aspiring web developer or designer can be is humble.
Even when your work truly does inspire, let it speak for itself. Your audience will thank you for that.
(Let me caution that my high school art teacher said that “to be a great artist, you must not be humble.” Although I now more greatly understand where this quote is applicable, I still think it’s best to let one’s work speak for itself).
One of my personal favorite web-gurus is, and has been, Ryan Carson. What he does is smooth. The designs and businesses he spins appear effortlessly constructed. His team of brilliant webbies know what’s up without sounding like know-it-all jerks.
Things just got easier for web-trepreneur’s with Carson’s roll out of the student plan pricing for TeamTreeHouse.com. $9 per month is now all it costs to learn how to break into this industry, remain on the bleeding edge, and get noticed. That’s about the cost of a discount pizza these days (which I caution you against if you’re in the market, so to speak!)
All you need is a student ID. Then, you may find yourself dropping out of college because the “ivory towers” simply don’t mean what they used to mean.
That’s the beauty of the internet. Information in the past used to be stored up in convents and monasteries where only the priests could read and write. We call those the Dark Ages, and rightly so. Along came the printing press, advances in communication really took off from there. Now, we have devices that you can simply Bump together to transfer data (Bu.mp also has a pretty cool website design to check out).
So, the point is that being a student doesn’t (always) give you the edge on your craft. When you have mastered the ability to understand information and process it into something useful, then the internet can become your teacher.
Knowledge can be gained through reading, but only after applying that knowledge can you gain wisdom.