this is a private blog for my design students and assorted other survivors. Tro blemakers all
this is a private blog for my design students and assorted other survivors. Tro blemakers all.
this is a private blog for my design students and assorted other survivors. Tro blemakers all.
this is a private blog for my design students and assorted other survivors. Tro blemakers all.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009













" I hate to say this, but if you really want to be successful,
you have to rethink the concept of the so-called work/life balance.
The most successful creative people I know do not segregate their
“work” and their “play”—it’s all the same. They love what they do,
and do it all the time. If you look at design as a job that you do
between 9 and 5 every day, you will earn a paycheck...and that’s all.

Talent will take you far, but determination will take you further.
I can’t tell You how many people I’ve heard moan about how they
could have started a business, gotten the great assignment, scored
a better position or whatever. The truth is, most people aren’t
willing to put the time and effort into accomplishing their goals.
It’s easier to just live their dreams inside of their heads instead
of putting in the sweat equity.

I look at successful people and I see the same patterns. I know a
photographer who, when starting his career, worked literally
around the clock, and even spent his own money to make shots
memorable. He never looked at an assignment as a job, but as an
opportunity to do something outstanding. He is still pushing
himself today and branching out into new areas. His renowned
career is nothing if not enviable.

When I started my business, I had no clients and very little money.
The first year I worked until midnight most nights, almost seven
days a week. Not only did I work past the point of endurance on
my design, I learned how to do basic billing. I wired my own network.
I wrote copy. I steeled myself and made cold calls. All of the long
nights paid off, I built a client base, and now, years later, I have a
thriving practice. You can achieve great things, if you’re willing
to put in the effort. "

Lynda Decker, Decker Design

7 comments:

ani said...

i <3 this

Radio Free Pescado said...

http://designmakestheworldrotate.blogspot.com/

ani said...

are you getting at the fact that that i don't work on my design.. ?

Zarine said...

Good article.

It also doesn't really help that a good majority of people are so effin' lazy.

Radio Free Pescado said...

Not at all , it was just an easy place to paste your url, as I'm going to show your site to my students tomorrow. an homage as it were. thanks for that great bunny photo, it's my new favorite.

Radio Free Pescado said...

I meant - a homage, not a homard

ani said...

well now i feel stupid; for whatever reason i felt defensive when you replied with that link.

one of my friends is currently pushing me to apply to do a minor in design and i think i'm going to go for it. so exciting!