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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?

New Normals

I work with a lot of talented and ambitious people, both in my consulting and nonprofit work.

I see a pattern that absolutely kills people, that most everyone that's got is oblivious to.

It's rapidly adjusting to new successes, giving oneself minimal credit, and adjusting to that as a "new normal" -- and setting a new baseline of "required" performance off of that.

So let's say someone wants to be a writer, and they start to get in a groove and write 7,000 words per day. If you've got this mentality, you'll very quickly say, "Ok, I've done 7000 words per day. That's normal. Now, every day less than 7000 words is weakness and failure." No celebration, no reflection on the success, just ratcheting up the difficulty level.

The same thing goes in sales, business development, entrepreneurship, technology, all kinds of creativity, all kinds of training.

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