Design wasn’t my first career, but that isn’t anything out of the ordinary in the world of design and development. Yes, some of my colleagues and design friends made their way through graphic design school or a related field, but an equal number found their way through other avenues. The journey to where I am today, however, wasn’t instantaneous or clean cut.
Have you ever considered the relationship between trying something new and achieving success and happiness? Whether you realize it or not, you likely spend the majority of your day doing the same things you’ve done hundreds or thousands of times before. On one hand, having a routine is great for providing structure, efficiency, and comfort, but on the other hand, falling into one day in and day out can make you feel like a bystander in your own life. When’s the last time you ventured outside of your normal routine?
Happy New Year, everyone! Like many on our team, if you're newly-managing a team this year, understand one thing: The best managers aren't focused on improving their ability to supervise, they're focused on improving their ability to lead. Almost anyone can be trained to manage, but very few actually succeed in becoming truly great leaders. So, while the new year confetti is still settling and before you're neck-deep in the year's objectives, here's a little inspiration.
As we get ready to say goodbye to 2017, I can't help but reflect on everything I've experienced in the past 12 months -- especially from an IMPACT perspective. Attending CXL, winning the HubSpot Partner of the Year Award, meeting my new team members (who quickly became best friends), being able to continue to work with clients I've known for years, as well as beginning to work with new ones...the list goes on. And with this reflection of the past comes the curiosity of what's next to come. What does 2018 have in store for my career?
Not only is today Thanksgiving Eve -- it's time to prep those stretch pants for turkey, stuffing, and pie, y'all -- it's also one of the busiest travel days of the entire year. I'll admit I'm pretty lucky, as my days of dashing through airports, racing to make trains, and wallowing in holiday traffic are behind me since I moved closer to home about 10 years ago. But that doesn't mean I want to leave you brave Turkey Day Road Warriors without inspiration as you chart your own journey home toward family, friends, loved ones, and tryptophan. To help you on your way, here are nine addictive podcast episodes across a wide range of topics: productivity, storytelling, leadership, UX, when life falls apart, time management, and everything in between.
Before we dive in to today's episode, I want to state something for the official record: As a designer and a writer/editor respectively, Marcella and I are self-aware enough to admit we occasionally have a flair for melodrama -- slipping a little too easily into the trope being the "tortured artist." But when we both read The Creative's Curse by Todd Brison, we agreed that it spoke to us; both as the professionals we are at IMPACT and the creatives we are "out in the wild." Because as much as we hate to admit it, the clichéd notions surrounding the stereotype of artistic temperament are based (at least somewhat) in reality.
Inspiration - the thing we all want but is so, so difficult to find. It’s no wonder we tend to wander around aimlessly when we don't a little effort in to finding that ‘ah-ha’ moment. It’s extremely easy to get caught up in the day-to-day craziness that surrounds us and by the time we have a moment to breathe, we have to eat dinner, unwind and go to bed. Who has time to be inspired? However, it’s so important to find something that infuses a little inspiration into our daily lives to help us become more creative.
I love working at an agency. (Lucky for me, the agency I work at rocks.) In fact, I joked with someone the other day that I didn't choose the agency life; "agency life chose me."