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We’re notoriously fickle. We jerk from project to project or multitask with crippling effects on the success of each individual project. We hate criticism, since it relates to us as people.

Negative attitudes can crush an artisan as a lumberjack would an ant. We’re caught in a perpetual spin – too much work, too little time. We rapidly get overtaken by the immediacy of every situation, instead of auditing our incredible contributions and spending more time where we belong, on Cloud Nine.

The main reason we’re on the defensive is because we don’t listen. We have two ears, yet our one mouth is deafening. Sound about right?

Most design projects fail because someone else knows best. Someone else is in the hot seat.

What we need to remember is that everyone involved has, to varying degrees, passion for and commitment to a mutual goal.

What we need is the power and positivity to stay on track.

So how do we stay focused on the task in hand while we have all these thought-consuming distractions, worries, challenges and concerns (hint: they’re in the first sentence)?

We – you and I – both know that you’re an exceptional talent. I can say with authority that on account of you being here at Inspired Magazine, you’re already a great player in this game, but you’re striving to be even better.

In itself, that’s applaudable.

But let’s re-address those objections you have:

You’re fickle

Why’s that such a problem? To be fickle means you want to achieve greater things. Fickle is a synonym for professionalism. If you’re blase, you’re on the road to failure.

You move quickly between projects

You’re a creative – you seek and crave new objectives, new things to see, experience, feel. This is a perfectly natural part of the job. Why see this as a problem? The stumbling block is in distraction. If you can master the art of discipline, and by this I mean setting yourself rigorous schedules to stick to, then you can swing by as many projects as possible. In fact, if you can master a range of jobs that would stymie your peers, your reputation as a craftsman of planning will be cemented.

Constructive feedback is all about the idea, not your personal credibility or ability

When someone remarks unfavourably on the job in hand, think about the reasons. Ask them to expand on their judgement – not in a derogatory sense, but in a way that lets them know you’re totally on side. All too often the designer is thought of as the guy with the pen, but you can instantly challenge that stereotype by asking the kind of questions that builds these people up, and builds your position up in their expectations.

Overcome your negative sentiments towards these three challenges to the designer and you’ll race ahead of the pack. The key is to understand those limits you have placed on yourself – and exceed them, time after time. Be inspired, constantly.

The power of positive thought is all-consuming. To truly understand your plus points, you simply need to change your mind.

And the negatives? They’re all in your head.

Dave is The Podcast Guy. He produces incredibly successful radio shows for business owners who want plenty of incredibly profitable and long-lasting customers.

  • Thanks for this dose of positivity. Yes, I reluctantly admit that I fall to too many distractions, ironically that’s what led me here at this very moment. But I definitely agree with you about the power of positivity. The way I see it, I have no choice but to remain positive, because the alternative is just too grim.
    Thanks for sharing this. I’m looking forward to checking out your new daily posts on your site.

  • Design is definitely one of those industries that makes you a little critical at times, but it also grows into great, thoroughly thought of design..
    Love the title of this post :)

  • Nice article Dave , I agree we are fickle sometimes.

  • Great article Dave :)

  • Nice article with some great insights.


  • Dave, more listening is always called for. I don’t think anyone can hear this enough!

  • Thanks, Dave! Great post!