Episode #98
Stay humble

Staying humble is important, especially when you’re a designer.

Music and links from this episode

  1. Stellar by MindsEye
  2. Jubilee Blues by Belle Baker
  3. Snake Charms by Jesse Spillane
  4. Rewire your Cables by Little Glass Men 

Line-by-line notes

  1. INTRO
  2. We live in a world
  3. Full of phrases like
  4. “fake it till you make it” and “flaunt it if you’ve got it”
  5. Social media dictates that we brag about who we are, and only show the best bits of our life
  6. We’re constantly editing our lives to look better to other people
  7. Social media likes are a more regular form of human contact than actually contacting a human
  8. We show off virtually all the time
  9. But what about “work hard in silence, let success make the noise”
  10. And “you’re never too important to be nice to people”
  11. This is an episode about staying humble.
  12. This is Ask a Designer Anything, and I’m Craig Burgess
  13. PLAY JUBILEE BLUES
  14. I guess some people might consider being humble to be a bit of an old fashioned concept…
  15. In our modern day social media obsessed life
  16. And in a way, it’s a bit of a weird thing for me to promote
  17. Being humble
  18. When design is so much about the visual stuff
  19. So much about shouting about how good you are
  20. And putting together portfolios about how good you are
  21. And tweeting about how good you are
  22. You could argue convincingly that being humble gets you nowhere
  23. That nice guys always finish last
  24. But, promoting yourself is important
  25. It’s important that people know you’re a good designer
  26. As the saying goes, you’re only as good as your last job
  27. So people need to know what your last job was
  28. It is important
  29. But it’s just as important, if not more important
  30. To stay humble
  31. It’s so easy in our social-media driven world now
  32. To become obsessed with likes
  33. No matter where you upload something
  34. There’s some form of social acceptance score…
  35. For you to have to worry about
  36. Social media is forcing us to constantly think about what will be most popular
  37. What will get you the most likes
  38. And intelligent people have done studies on this kind of thing
  39. That getting lots of likes on social media gives you a mental boost
  40. Just like seeing loved ones or winning money
  41. This stuff becomes addictive
  42. If your work becomes popular
  43. It’s SO easy to let that go to your head
  44. You could argue
  45. That it’s harder to NOT let it go to your head
  46. To take a normal reaction to your work
  47. That it’s just a bunch of people online who think your work is good
  48. And it doesn’t make you better than anybody else
  49. Or turn you into a superstar
  50. It’s just feedback
  51. PLAY SNAKE CHARMS
  52. The opposite of staying humble
  53. Is getting cocky
  54. And that doesn’t do any designer any favours
  55. When we start thinking we’re better than other people
  56. Because our once got a lot of views on a website
  57. We become worse designers
  58. That’s a fact.
  59. The truth is, you don’t know better than anybody else
  60. And a single insightful comment can come from anywhere
  61. Anytime
  62. By anybody
  63. And when you get cocky, and you think you’re the best
  64. There’s always somebody better than you
  65. And more talented than you
  66. Striving to be the best at what you do is a good thing
  67. But do it with some humility
  68. And stop telling everybody how good you are
  69. And stop thinking you’re amazing
  70. Because you’re not
  71. You’re level with everybody else.
  72. OUTRO 
  73. This was Ask a Designer Anything. I’m Craig Burgess.
  74. Music featured in this episode was Stellar by MindsEye, Jubilee Blues by Belle Baker, Snake Charms by Jesse Spillane, Rewire your Cables by Little Glass Men (my favourite new band)
  75. For a line-by-line run down of this episode, go to askadesignernaything.com/ep98
  76. I’m back tomorrow for another episode of Ask a Designer Anything

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