Great game design comes from the student mindset: never stop learning.
I've taught myself basic programming and spriting in order to make my ideas come to fruition. Ultimately, I wish to be on the design side of game development. In the meantime, that requires me to have a knowledge of every aspect so that I can prototype and complete projects on my lonesome.
This all ties into my belief in the student mindset. My programming, my prototyping, my sprite work: they all will help me when it comes to design. And it goes beyond that. I'm never satisfied with my current knowledge. I need to know more, and about a wide variety of topics. Politics, history, current events, psychology, local drama, you name it.
I invite you to grow alongside me in my journey.