What's the best piece of career advice you've ever been given? Share yours and I'll share mine too. :)


  • A few key things for me over the years –

    "Walk more."

    "You don't have to do it alone."

    "It's ok to look like you're not working. Your brain solves problems better when you let it relax."
  • "When everything goes wrong - that's when the adventure really starts" - it's a Yvon Chouinard quote but I can't think of anything that's resonated with more power than that when reflecting on both my career, and my life. Don't be afraid to fail. It might be the best thing that ever happens. When you've got nothing to lose, you are fearless.
  • Don't chase after "the change", the change will come to you - When I was looking for the next thing in my career, one very wise designer said that to me and it helped me stay focus at the present, not jumping into things for the sake of it.
  • Thanks for all the replies everyone. Let's keep it rolling. As promised, one of the best bits I got took me a long time to actually learn. It was early in my career and I was working insanely hard and crazy long hours. My boss at the time basically said, "You need to stop all this herculean effort. It's a trap. People are going to get used to it and take advantage of you your whole career if you keep this up."

    I did keep it up despite the advice. And he was right. People did take advantage of me. It took me another 10 years or so to figure out the work will be there tomorrow but life won't always be.

  • 'Plan, execute, evaluate, make changes, plan, execute, evaluate, make changes' & 'as long as you're alive, it's never too late'. I think it's important to be realistic with yourself, some people aren't prepared for how much sacrifice it will take
  • Get shit done.

    and words to myself... never get hung up on rejection! Pick it up and move it on!
  • No shade was intended but: 'Don't shrink to fit the places you've outgrown.' I've found it applies to most aspects of life too.
  • A friend recently said "You're never too important to be nice to people," and that really struck home. There's no reason that success and compassion can't go hand in hand, but being caring and kind seems to be a rare quality in "important" people... or at least they aren't isn't synonymous.
  • I was once talking with a friend who's a copywriter and he said to me "avoid the twist".
    That was related to the fact that movies, spots and other creative contents sometimes are all about "the big twist" which creates an emotional curve which is not always liked by the audience. On the other hand, if you go for a *flat* but high-quality line, your work can communicate a higher level of empathy and commitment.

    I think this can be applied to every medium and find it very useful nowadays.

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