Being New At Something
It’s never easy to start something when your knowledge and experience is limited. When we start out on a new venture we tend to look up to the people who have had years of experience and put that expectation on ourselves the we should be on the same level.
What we tend to forget when we start something new is that there are millions of different ways people write, design, create, and innovate, that are all completely unique to an individual. This ultimately gives everyone’s work a style and feel that is completely their own. The most famous thinkers, athletes, and artists are those who have defined a style for themselves rather than trying to follow the standards set by someone before them. It is always beneficial to gain the advice and wisdom of people with experience in the field, but when we try too hard to do things in the exact same way people before us have, we miss out on opportunities to develop our own style.
Granted, when you begin something new you will not be good at it and you are bound to get discouraged, but it’s easy to forget that the people we are looking up to have years of experience on something we just started, and it takes time and energy to buff out your skills and style. As a Junior Graphic Designer for Design4Change, and having worked here only 6 months, I have learned a lot about skill progression and also about getting discouraged. Despite years of art experience previous to starting here, digital design work was still a whole new field for me, and I found myself back on the beginner’s side of things. After a crash course in graphic design, I pretty much had to figure it out on my own; if I continued to follow the lead of the other designers I would never have the opportunity to throw myself in and force myself to create something completely on my own.
At Design4Change, we encourage our clients to tread off the beaten path in order to distinguish their brand from others and express themselves in an honest way rather than following the path of similar businesses. Although the clients we work with range from long running to nearly brand new, one thing they all have in common is that they are always working towards being better.
Whether you are a beginner or expert, you are always learning, so in a way you are always new to something. No matter what you are new at, remembering the wise words of Jake the Dog from Adventure Time could not be more uplifting when you get discouraged: “Dude, suckin’ at something is the first step to being sorta good at something.”