NYTimes - A Renowned Chef’s Advice for Beginners
I think this comment, among many others, is directly applicable to people thinking about getting into chocolate - and a lot of current makers could learn a lot from this, too:
Cooking is a craft. To learn a craft, it’s not about creating at first. There is a right way to do a consommé, a stock, searing meat, or making an omelet. Every great chef starts by being a great craftsman — making that perfect omelet or making that perfect roast chicken. And then at some point creativity becomes a part of it. You start from a place of rules, and then you start breaking them.
Substitute “chocolate maker” for “chef” in the above quote. Emphasis added.