When a client showed me people’s comments and suggestions around the latest draft of her logo I sent, I smiled to myself as I read: “Kudos to your graphic designer, he’s very good”. If someone told me in 2012 or 2013 that some day, I would be referred to as even a half-decent graphic designer, I would have shrugged it off.
I am more known for my writings, product and programming skills, not graphic designing.
So, how did I go from wack designer to the kind of person getting complimented for a design draft?
First, there was a desire; I always have various design concepts in my head that I would love to get designed out and I was sick and tired of running out to my graphic designer associates, because no matter how well I explained, there would always be some deviations from my initial concept. Then, there was also the problem of busy. Every good graphic designer is busy. I needed to let my inner graphic designer out, he was needed.
Armed with my desire, I started to try out things in various graphic designing softwares I had been exposed to over the years and then used Google search to find tutorials about how to perform various tricks. This went on for a while, however, the biggest breakthrough did not come from googling the Internet, it came from within.
My graphic designing career changed the day I became bold enough to put my graphics out there – in the open.
I mocked up logos for some projects I wanted to work on and I asked people for comments and criticism. I was not picking fights and getting annoyed by harsh feedback. Just honestly trying to be a better graphic designer and I think it is paying off. The decision to put my work in the public broke off all the mental blocks holding me down, a new graphic designer was born. Ready to rock the world!
I am still a long way off from becoming what you might consider as a Master Graphic designer, but my 2015 has certainly been a year of graphic designing. I am more proud of my progress in graphic designing than the new programming techniques and shortcuts I learnt in 2015.
I got into a discussion the other day with a senior member of my think tank over the popular Pareto principle. The Pareto principle (also known as the 80–20 rule, the law of the vital few, and the principle of factor sparsity) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. It is also considered a common rule of thumb in business; e.g., “80% of your sales come from 20% of your clients.”
If Pareto was true, I can discard the 80%, why can’t I discard the 80%?
If 20% of my staff will execute 80% of the work, why on earth do we have to keep the other 80% of the work force on the payroll?
I need to become the best blogger I can be. It is not enough to write everyday, I need to pay some attention to the parts of the business I don’t like, like you know: SEO, analytics, keyword research, and so on. But if I only focus on doing only 20% of the work: writing. Will we experience growth without ensuring the other 80% is handled??
If I cannot strictly choose which parts to focus on and which parts to discard as Pareto principle suggests, then I am better off doing the best work I can by getting myself involved in every detail of the business without bias.
Suzy Welch argues that the best gift you can get this season is a gift of candor. At least for people hoping for a transformative, truly career-building 2016.
Just ask for the truth about your performance and your future.
You want to find out what people really think about your performance at work, what they really think about your apps, things you designed, articles you wrote, all your ideas and initiatives. You want to find out if your employees think you are the great boss you think you are. You need to find out the answer to the question: “Am I really good at the things I am doing or do I actually suck without even knowing it?”
Far too often, getting a gift of candid feedback, year-end or otherwise is kinda scarce. Not everyone is willing to get on record, so… this season is a great time to change all that. Suzy Welch gives the perfect conversation starter: “Hey, since this is the season of gift-giving, I wonder if you’d give me a present that I’d really appreciate…”
You don’t have to forge forward in your career by navigating in the dark.
The truth can be such a bitter pill to swallow. So, brace yourself.
A gift of candor
“Hey, since this is the season of gift-giving, I wonder if you’d give me a present that I’d really appreciate. Yes, I would totally love your honest criticisms/comments/opinions about The Morebise Post, thanks!”
In the spirit of the season, we were looking at taking some long break from business activities and just wait till the new year. However, that did not really happen. We did take the breaks, but work has also been going on side-by-side.
Team spirit in action.
Cultivating the right kind of mood/air/spirit in your organization should be top priority, no matter how scarce talent might be in the labour market, valuing company culture fit over skill-set pays off in the longer term. You do not want to recruit the guy that burns the house down. I have seen companies come down crashing after the founding spirit of the company was lost as more and more uninspired hires were made, the bonds between the staff disappeared (usually in the name of competition) and from there on, everything just went south.
It is important to have like-minded individuals on your team. People who work like you and commit to the same work place ethics as you. It always makes everything easier.
Everyday is CHRISTMAS for me because I got Jesus CHRIST’s spirit living inside me and I have got GOOD MONEY to play with everyday…
Life is good if you living it on the lane of the Spirit of God, Life sucks and will spit you out in death if you keep living like a fool… You do not need One night stand (fornication), drinking to stupor, and gluttony.
Give your life to Christ, thats the smartest decision any smart person has ever made.
Let the fools die, while we smart ones keep enjoying The Almighty Baba God through the access Jesus’s sacrifice gave us many years ago!
Merry Christmas friends!
Step 1: Look for a mainstream idea that will be profitable from day 1. (relatively easy to do).
Step 2: Focus, concentrate and execute it well (very hard to do).
Step 3: Make your first millions from it
Step 4: Diversify and then pursue your bigger plans
These 4 steps recently popped into my mind.
Hope you find them some what useful.
Anyone anywhere can now think and code themselves out of of lack and poverty and into wealth and real power. Ctrl + N is the keyboard shortcut on most Windows OS software used to start a new document or project.
So, if I am tired of the current state of things, I should simply press Ctrl +N and start something new. A wise man once said: “Each time we fail is a great chance to start all over, but each time more intelligently”
A lot of success stories I read this days center around guys who started building some software for a well defined industry and hitting the jackpot after working hard at it for years. Their story started the day one of them punched in CTRL + N on his keyboard. Right before my eyes, I watched Joel Gascoigne stat Buffer and grow it into the company it is today. A few years ago, that guy punched in CTRL + N, today he is a millionaire.
To be honest, there are lots of useful software that can be made for specific industries that will generate money from day 1, but alas our brightest minds in Nigeria are seduced by the tech startup illusion (What is a startup anyway??).
So, maybe it is time start identifying specialised industries we can build solutions for. Maybe it is time to finally start building out all those cool ideas you have.
Anyone can now write themselves into fame and fortune. Why dont you take a programming class?
She does a bad job cleaning the old couple’s apartment.
No one is happy with the quality of her work, but they do not tell her, they keep smiling at each other until finally, they decided enough-is-enough. They sacked her and found a more competent person to handle it.
The only issue is that she is a widow with 5 mouths to feed.
Now, suddenly a lot has changed. Emotion and sentiment comes into play. How do you fire an ineffective employee who has a family of 5 to take care of and has no savings?
Well, as they say: “It is not personal, it is just business”.
If our businesses allows too much for emotion and sentiment, we can barely make the right calls in tight or tricky situations and then we all lose.
Watching The World
“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face” – Mike Tyson
So, what to do when you get punched in the face?
How fast do you recover after the punch in the face??
it is not enough to be smart and have a plan. When life punches you in the face, can you pick yourself up and continue your trip? Or do you quit?
On the road to the top. Tenacity is your friend.
Watching The World