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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?

The Oscillating Nature Of Consciousness

On Cameron Chardukian

Good people make bad decisions. Why? Because even “good people” aren’t always operating at a high level of consciousness.

Similar to our mood, our consciousness is constantly oscillating between higher and lower level frequencies. Highly conscious people may spend more time at higher levels of consciousness, and have a higher range of consciousness, but they’re also going to spend some time in lower levels of consciousness occasionally.

On an average week I may only spend an hour randomly wasting time on the internet, but when I’m at my worst I may spend 10 hours in a single day wasting time. Similarly, someone who’s riding a high streak of consciousness may eat a completely clean diet, but if they’re going through a tough time that same person may eat a diet consisting of almost entirely junk food.

99% of the time I may take positive actions, but because of the oscillating nature of consciousness I’m going to make poor decisions that are completely uncharacteristic of me 1% of the time. The key is to be aware that you’re going to be susceptible to making poor decisions and prepare yourself for those situations.

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