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Episode 112: No One Knows What They’re Doing Part 1

This week we’re talking about how no one really knows what they’re doing. And on that bombshell, let’s get into the show!

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Show Notes for This Episode:

[1:00] Opening up about imposter syndrome.
[2:00] Dustin and Tom’s Creative South trip prompts a two part series.
[3:10] It never gets easier, you just know what to expect.
[4:20] The pain of wearing multiple hats in your business.
[5:00] Why Lisa feels lost a lot of the time.
[6:00] Stop waiting for someone to tell you you’re doing it wrong.
[7:00] Dustin and Lisa see Tom striving hard for perfection.
[8:10] We are all figuring it out as we go along.
[9:00] Guilt is a hard pill to swallow. Tom still views others as superhuman.
[10:10] Dustin struggles with guilt and social media comparison.
[11:00] When design and business heroes fail take notice. They are just like us all.
[12:10] It’s toxic seeing only the best work of others.
[13:00] Telling the real behind-the-scenes truth of daily design life.
[14:00] Embrace your imperfections and share the real you.
[15:00] Your design heroes are still figuring it out, too.
[16:30] Dustin talks about Amy and Jen Hood’s magazine spread life.
[17:35] The ‘all retch and no vomit’ syndrome.
[18:40] We all know humans are not perfect, yet we assume they are.
[19:00] Lisa talks about feeling lost, scared and not good enough.
[20:00] Clarity takes time.
[21:00] Tom asks a tough question. Create in a bubble or continue with the norm?
[22:00] Lisa and Dustin share what route they would choose.
[23:00] Dustin feels like he has no creative truth.
[24:00] We all know steps that will help us succeed. Picking one is the challenge.
[25:00] That’s a wrap for Part 1 and we hope you enjoy Part 2 next week!

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3 Lovely Comments from our Community:

  1. MJ S says:
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    I think the common thread for a sustaining “success” (whatever that may mean to you) is a combination of a sense of humor, collegiality, heart, and transparency. When there is transparency combined with a community-focused ethos and heck, just a genuine graciousness, it’s a win-win that stands the test of time, and it builds a fiercely loyal client base.

    No matter how talented, if someone strives for that bigger-than-life facade by presenting only what they want people to see, it’s not sustainable for anyone. And yes, it really is toxic, as Ian said. Those folks I believe are extremely insecure, and it shows in ways that can be acidic, destructive, and foster inflexible thinking.

    And isn’t everything we do really about connecting on some accessible level?

    And Lisa, just wondering, is that a portrait of Emily Dickinson behind you?

    • MJ S says:
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      (Sorry, I couldn’t edit my comment! I meant Dustin, not Ian!)

      • Annabel Smith says:

        Thanks so much for taking the time to comment MJ and it’s awesome that you found this one a really thought provoking episode! I really like your idea that everything we do is in some way about connecting with others- that’s a really interesting idea and I completely agree :).

        Ooh great spot there and I do think you a right by your Emily Dickinson guess MJ!

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