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Get Confident. Stay Humble.

“I wonder if I’m good enough to do this.”

That thought has entered my mind more times than I’d care to admit since I put in my notice at my job. I often think about all of the amazing designers that I admire who do work so much better than I am capable of doing. How can I stack up against people like that? I question my own skills all of the time.

You can’t afford to think like that.

Even though I have moments where I question myself and my abilities, I know enough to realize that I am good at what I do. I can always do better, and there’s still so much I want to learn, but I have confidence in myself and the work I produce.

If someone is willing to hire you to do a job for them, they have confidence in you to do a much better job than they could. Being confident in your own abilities is so crucial to your success. If you don’t believe in yourself, how can you expect others to put confidence in you to do a good job?

Lots of people in creative fields often feel plagued by “imposter syndrome.” The feeling that you aren’t good enough and that you are just tricking everyone into thinking that you know what you’re doing. Everyone feels this way sometimes, but you need to stomp that feeling down when it crops up.

You know a lot. You know so much more than most people in the world know about the work you do. Just because someone else may know more than you doesn’t mean you aren’t worthy of sharing what you know with others. Let out your inner Kanye West and let the world know that you love what you do and you’re good at it too.

On the other end of the spectrum, blind confidence results in the same kind of poor effects as a lack of confidence. You won’t strive to get better if you think you’re as good as you can be. You won’t be humble enough to accept help when you need it. Don’t go “full Kanye.”

Find that balance. Have enough confidence in yourself to know that you do great work that is valuable, and keep a humble spirit to know where you need to improve. No one is perfect. Everyone is constantly learning new things each and every day. Don’t let fear that you aren’t “good enough” stop you from doing your best work right now

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