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Designers: Get Paid By Being A Primadonna

If you're a designer, or any creative professional, this might be the most important thing you read this year. My sensationalist headline aside, it's not about money or being a primadonna. It's about defining how you work, working how you define, having an environment of trust and respect and creativity, and otherwise getting the life you want.

Sadly, many creatives just trust that that'll happen… and it doesn't. They get taken advantage of. This needs to stop.

Some things in here are scary. You don't need to do what's unnatural to you, you don't need to do anything in particular in here, and you don't need to rush yourself. Any given suggestion in here might increase your income by 20% and cut your "client stress" in half.

I'll tell you my story in a moment, so you can assess my credibility and see if this is workable advice. (It is.) I'll give you recommendations on where you can learn more. In exchange, I ask just one thing - if at any point while reading this, you think, "This is one of the most important things I've read this year" - then you immediately share it with as many people as you can that you think it would help.

I think that's fair, do you?

ANY Feedback is a Compliment

On Ambition is my guilty pleasure

You take your time. Carefully craft, pick and choose the right words, themes, elements. Reread. Edit. Polish. Then, finally! You show your creation to the world. After a while, you start to get some traffic, some buzz. People liking, posting, reviewing, etc. And then you get some comments. Some good, some bad, some really bizarre, others just WTF!?!

Do you than find your self asking some of these questions. What if I get more negative comments than positive? What if I only get one review?? I keep trying but it seems no one is appreciating my work?

This is like a Chinese finger trap for your brain, and ego too. STOP. And redirect your self with this simple sentence.

ANY feedback is a compliment.

Really? How can that be true? Even the user who said my creation "sucked donkey balls"?

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