Episode #108
Work Hard

Work hard. It’s the single most important thing.

Music and links from this episode

  1. This Minus Five by Captive Portal
  2. Day Bird by Broke for Free
  3. Exotic2 by Andrew Pekler
  4. Tonight, By The Moonlight by James Pants

Line-by-line notes

  1. INTRO
  2. I love shortcuts
  3. All kinds of shortcuts actually
  4. I love keyboard shortcuts, because they speed things up when I’m working
  5. I love productivity shortcuts, that make me more efficient
  6. I even love shortcuts in Mario Kart, because they make sure I don’t come last
  7. Sometimes though, shortcuts just don’t work
  8. Sometimes, you’ve just got to knuckle down
  9. And just work hard
  10. This is AADA, and I’m Craig Burgess
  12. If there’s something I see more and more of as I get older
  13. And I guess you could say more experienced
  14. Is that people become more entitled
  15. Because anybody can get a YouTube channel or a blog set up in 5 minutes
  16. They expect the results to come equally as quickly
  17. Because when we forget something or don’t know something
  18. And we can just google for any answer in 5 seconds flat
  19. People expect everything else to be as easy to achieve
  20. People like to talk about overnight success
  21. As if that’s an excuse for the fact that somebody has achieved something
  22. There’s no such thing as an overnight success
  23. It’s a lie
  24. The only way an overnight success is achieved
  25. Is through hard work, and years of it
  26. No matter how old somebody might be
  27. Take a talented 17 year old footballer for example who’s just broken into the professional leagues
  28. That 17 year old kid has been playing football their life
  29. Probably not far enough since they started walking
  30. What’s overnight about that success?
  31. There’s a thing that occurs over and over when people talk about success
  32. And it doesn’t even matter what kind of definition of it you have
  33. This thing comes up over and over
  34. And it’s working hard
  35. Nothing worth achieving comes without hard work
  36. Otherwise everybody would be doing it
  37. The same couldn’t be more true of being a designer
  38. There’s so many designers out there now
  39. You just need a computer and a copy of Photoshop and you can call yourself a designer
  40. There’s no regulation
  41. Increasingly people are turning away from traditional design education too
  42. Which I don’t agree with by the way
  43. So the only differentiator
  44. In a stupidly crowded market
  45. Is your work
  46. And the only way to make your work get better
  47. And stand out from anybody else’s
  48. Is to do lots of it, and work hard
  49. The design world is no different from many other industries these days
  50. And I predict with the rise of the internet, competition for any job will only get bigger
  51. And the only way to make sure you’re the best is to work harder thane everybody else
  52. Designers have to know so many things these days
  53. And have to be good at so many different crafts
  54. That the only way to get good at them all is to knuckle down
  55. And get working hard
  56. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating working yourself to the bone
  57. In a traditional sense
  58. I don’t mean work hard and burn yourself out
  59. I mean work hard at your craft
  60. And work hard to be the very best at what you do
  61. No matter what that is
  62. Because if you’re not working hard
  63. There’s somebody else just behind you waiting to take over
  64. OUTRO 
  65. This was AADA. I’m Craig Burgess.
  66. Music featured in this episode was
    1. This Minus Five by Captive Portal
    2. Day Bird by Broke for Free
    3. Exotic2 by Andrew Pekler
    4. Tonight, By The Moonlight by James Pants
  67. For a line-by-line run down of this episode, go to askadesignernaything.com/ep108
  68. I’m back tomorrow for another episode of Ask a Designer Anything

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