More Reasons Not to Be So Hard on Yourself at Work

Turtle Hiding in ShellLast week we told you why you shouldn’t be so hard on yourself when you make a mistake or mistakes! At work. Making errors at work should not always be considered actual errors. If you can learn from these missteps, then it is actually a good thing that they happened in the first place.

  1. There’s always next time

If you give up, you most certainly won’t ever succeed. The biggest mistake you can make is if it doesn’t turn out the way you intended the first time, keep going. Effort and motivation really can pay off.

  1. Practice makes perfect…but it doesn’t have to be perfect.

Stop asking for permission and stop overly questioning your every move. What is more important is that you just start up again and try to make it work.

Making mistakes is part of life. If you make them, and you will (we all do), it doesn’t mean you won’t be successful. Not every mistake will greatly impact your career. When you fail at something, the most logical next step and hope is that the next time you will fail a little less at it – which is a positive in itself.

So, what can you do about all of this?

Prepare. Begin your next project by acknowledging areas you might be unfamiliar with or that you might struggle with. This will give you a chance to prepare yourself. And also, don’t be afraid to ask someone for help when you need it. What is better? Make a mistake and look ridiculous rather than asking for a little help? Or, getting that help first and being the talk of the town?

It is critical that you only compare yourself to yourself, and no one else. How did you perform on a task last week? And how did you do it this week? See improvement? Point for you!

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A Few Reasons Not to Be So Hard on Yourself at Work

frustrated office workerYou don’t have to be a perfectionist to be too hard on yourself when it concerns your job. Making decisions is hard. And it is super easy to second guess yourself after you make them. But at the same time, it is important not to be too hard on yourself at work because; otherwise you might never get anything accomplished. Basically, you need to learn how to let it go (yeah, I know, cue the music).

Making mistakes is not desirable. But think how much more you learn when you first do it wrong. Of course, making mistakes will also hurt someone, or many someones. But the bigger issue is not whether you made the mistake, but whether you take any steps to rectify the situation or to grow from it.

So, it almost seems like it is preferable to go a bit over the edge and stop always playing it too safe. Nothing worthwhile ever comes along with this mindset.

Here is why you can make mistakes and still succeed.

  1. Almost Done Doesn’t Cut It

No one cares about how you were really close to getting the job done. People only care about the final product. Remember that even if it is taking slightly longer, you are making progress. And someone else next to you has probably not even started yet. So, who has the advantage?

  1. So, What Are Your Going to Do About It Now?

Can you grow from this situation? Making mistakes makes you stronger. It helps you approach the next situation with a new set of informed and educated eyes. This way, the mistake will not have been in vain.

Making mistakes is inevitable. You just have to face this fact. So, you need to compare yourself to your past actions and behaviors, not to others. The key is whether that mistake you made last week has been assessed and you have taken preventive steps to not make the same one in the future.

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What to do if Your Interviewer is 12 Years Old

baby-working on a computerLet’s say that you snagged the next step in a great job opportunity from Creative Talent Management. You are preparing for the interview and discover that the person who will quiz you is much much younger. Your nerves begin to tremble and you begin to worry about the entire meeting. How can you present yourself so that you don’t appear as know-it-all? Here are some tips for making a great impression.

The Elephant in the Room

You can assume that the interviewer has at least half a brain, so don’t start out the interview by bringing attention to their age either. Don’t insult them by being amazed that they could get to where they are even though they are so young. This is not a strong start.

Keeping Up with the Industry

Your youngin’ interviewee might assume that you have little to no knowledge of industry trends and thought leaders. Insert pertinent points about these so you alert them to the fact that you are in touch with the trends and care about continuing to grow in the position.

Keep it Recent

Unfortunately, a lot of people generally have little interest in things that happened before they were born. This relates to possible career points that have occurred maybe while your interviewer was a baby. Focus your experience on the most recent 10 years of your career. This way, you can show how perfect and qualified you are for the job, without appearing to be over-qualified.

Use Your Age to Your Advantage

Being older means you most definitely have experiences your interviews won’t. You will likely be able to showcase your ability management skills, budget allocation, and big successful business decisions you have made.

You need to be able to show your younger interviewer that your age is truly a number. If either party gets the impression that they are stuck in their ways or forcing new methods just for the sake of them, the partnership won’t work. Focus on the skills and experience of everyone involved.

Positives of Being at Your Previous Company for Decades 

Loyalty to your previous company is a good thing. But a different generation might see it differently. Explain to your interviewer the numerous opportunities you took to team-build, collaborate, and be flexible during your tenure. This will illustrate that you are willing and able to continue these excellent skills in this new position.

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How to be a Successful Designer

Being a Successful Graphic Designer

You know the old adage that everyone and their dog thinks they are a graphic designer. It can really tick you off because REAL DESIGNERS spend so much time learning, honing their skills, and finding just the right way to “say” the intended message.

With that being said, designers also know that they have certain skills and personalities that others simply don’t possess. Take a look at the included infographic. Let’s work through this guide, digging into it to see if these skills are really specific to what designers need.

Sky is the Limit

This is great for designers, because often clients come to you with a general idea and want you to take it to the next level. Which means you need the ability to think way outside the box. On the other hand, I believe everyone has the potential to be great if they just put enough effort into it. So, this means that regardless of your career, you should always be pushing yourself.

Creativity Comes from Within

Any successful designer knows that they often have to try out numerous ideas before the right one works. But they also know that they shouldn’t give up until they find it.


Don’t be surprised if your design is way off from the point if you don’t take the time to communicate about the goals of the project. Not only do you save time but you also have a much more enjoyable designing experience because you actually know what to do!

Get Your English Right

Proofread, proofread, proofread. And then check it again. You are bound to have missed something.

Develop Constantly

As much as you might think you are an expert, don’t forget that you should always be learning, learning, and learning. Each new skill or more experience with the ones you already have is another opportunity to add a new and different design method to your repertoire.

Practice Makes Perfect

Not sure how to approach a project? Wish you could make a design you see on a sign or online? Well, what is stopping you? Use these as practice clients and test your skills remaking these creatives.

KISS (Keep it Simple Silly)

Simple is elegant. Simple is concise. And simple is what wins people over. Don’t overly complicate your designs. Spend some time organizing what you foresee as your end product and work your way there. Then be willing to erase if it is just too busy.

Never Stop Learning

This one was sort of covered already above. But every time you use one of your skills, you are getting better at it. And each time you create a design, you are building a canvas to build others on or to use as a foundation to then go in a million different directions. So, never stop learning.

Be Persistent and Passionate

Being able to match exactly what a client has in mind can be difficult. But if you listen, ask questions, and are persistent, you will prevail.

Jack of All Trades

…And master of none. Being a jack of all trades is not often a positive because it implies the individual can sort of do a lot of things but each not very well. But with design, it has a different connotation. The more skills you can bring to a project means your final product will be miles ahead of the competition.


Use your manners. It really is as simple as that. Don’t forget about those who have helped you along the way and helped you gain your skills. And then on the other side, remember that you were a newbie once too so help out others just like you were helped.

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I Love My Job…I Hate My Job…I Love My Job…

First off, your job and your life are separate entities. You can love your job and you can enjoy what you do and still be successful. You can even only mildly enjoy it, but if you take it seriously, you will be successful because you understand how important it is. That being said, what would you assess as your level of “love” for your current job?

Check out the infographic below. Maybe you aren’t as unhappy as you might think. And if you start applying yourself more at your work, you may start gaining more skills and experience, making you the perfectly skilled candidate for that new job you have been thinking of.

Of course, your level of “love” for your job might still be pretty tepid. If this is the case, contact us to get started with Creative Talent Management. Search our open positions and let us help you secure your next great position.

11 Things That Prove You Love Your Career [Infographic]

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