-In the last week or so, there have been new versions of Houdini, modo, Mari and the announcement of the 2014 versions of the Autodesk suites. One of the things that I love about this industry is that there are always new toys to play with. One of the things that I hate about this industry is that there are always new toys to play with. Trying to keep up with it all can be overwhelming at times, and maybe that's the secret, you shouldn't try to keep up with it all.
It's trick though, since all the new stuff promises that you'll be able to do things quicker and easier than ever before, which is probably true. I can do things in Nuke that I could never have dreamed five years ago. But you have to measure the cost of this as well, the cost of studying, practicing and learning new tools and techniques during your downtime. I personally haven't been able to really find the right work/life balance yet, because I always have 'the fear' in the back of my head. Fear of failure, fear of unemployment, fear of being left behind by the industry.
That fear has served me well over the years, but at some point that fear is counterproductive. The trick is to know when to listen to it and when to ignore it.