Thursday, May 24th, 2018

You’re Not The Best Graphic Designer

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This post is a continuation of graphic design tip #55 in our article “101 Graphic Design Tips for Business Success.

Don’t Be A Prima Donna

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Graphic designers can be known to act like Prima Donnas once their career takes off. A healthy amount of confidence is vital for your career; an overload of ego can be fatal. The last thing you want is a reputation for being inflexible, irrelevant and difficult to work with. While it feels good to be “king of the mountain”, there will always be other talented designers rushing up behind you. They will either want to beat you or be like you.

No matter how good you are, there will always be room for improvement. Even Michelangelo said, “I am still learning”. A little humility goes a long way; it will get you out of the hen-house attitude of constantly being competitive and jealous. Your motivation should always be to be the best that you can be and realize that you have no limits to your own self-discovery.

Limitless Possibilities

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You are only as good as your current work, so keep trying to improve, even if a lot of people admire your work. Take each project as a challenge to set the bar a little higher and to stretch a little further. Make goals that aren’t dependent on outside sources of validation. Take on projects that aren’t necessarily in your job description. Attack tasks that intimidate you like new learning new software or code. Mentor and collaborate with others. Remember the people who helped you on the way and thank them for it.

Limitless possibilities make being a graphic designer fun. Embrace change, accept criticism and learn. Even if you think you are number one already, acknowledging that growth is still possible is exhilarating.

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