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Why I Started This Blog

When I started out in my career, it was not the experience I had hoped. After a stressful day, I would go home in the evenings and look at beautiful portfolios of incredibly talented designers working in Silicon Valley, and wonder why that couldn’t be me.

I couldn’t figure out why some designers got the opportunity to work on exciting projects in great companies, while others did not.

I gave myself the usual excuses – this country is going through a recession… I didn’t go to Stanford… A few more years of experience should hopefully do the trick…

But it wasn’t about years of experience, the longer I stayed in positions that didn’t value design, the harder it was for me to find a role in a company that did value design.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”Being a great designer is about so much more than just simply knowing Sketch or Photoshop.
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– I interviewed successful designers and asked them for advice on how I could get out of my predicament

– I took courses (with my own money)

– I went to local meet-ups and started to get to know the other designers in my city

– I worked on side-projects in the evenings and at weekends to flesh out my portfolio[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_basic_grid post_type=”post” max_items=”3″ orderby=”rand” item=”3863″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1512845298017-ed59771a-a461-8″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]I applied what I learned, and my career started to improve exponentially.

Over the past few years, I’ve spent a lot of time reading about career development and figuring out how to become a more successful designer. I found out that beneath all of the Sketch Tutorials and Dribbble Shots, there was a hidden layer to what makes some designers successful.

Communication skills, time management, productivity and being an effective negotiator were just as important as knowing Sketch and Photoshop.

I began reading books that were outside the usual designers bookshelf – books by Brian Tracy, Jim Rohan, Tim Ferris and Peter Drucker.

In an effort to share what I’ve learned over the years, I started to write about it. I hope you find it interesting, useful or even just entertaining.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1512825086302{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;background-color: #ffffff !important;}”][vc_separator][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”

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