In each one of the online courses I produce I encourage those who watch it to reach out to me via email or social media. I love hearing from the people who consume my content. It gives me an idea of how I’m doing, and what I could be doing better. Over the past year or so I’ve noticed what I consider to be a very disturbing trend, based on the messages I’m getting from my viewers. Every single day I’m inundated with messages that go something like this…
I want to be a designer. Can you tell me which videos will make me a great designer? I need to become a designer ASAP!
While I appreciate the sense of urgency, and their desire to learn, I can’t help but be struck by the fact that so many people think that they can achieve a high level of proficiency in this field simply by watching a few videos. Design isn’t something you learn overnight. It’s a skill that is practiced and perfected over the course of many years, and even then there are no guarantees.
If you’re truly wanting to change your life, you have to be willing to put in the work in order to make it happen. Yes, there are some overnight success stories out there, but even those people will tell you that their success wasn’t truly an overnight phenomenon. Almost everyone starts at the bottom and has to work their way to the top. Along the way you learn about your craft, practice it, and attempt to perfect it. Sometimes you rise, sometimes you fall, but you learn your way through it.
The truth is that there are no magic bullets. Not in design. Not in life. People like myself can only lay the groundwork and show you the path. You have to find a way to navigate and walk that path all on your own. That’s not to say that I, or anyone else, won’t be there to help you along the way. But at the end of the day the onus is on you to put forth the level of effort necessary to achieve your dreams.
Remember… Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. By taking an online class, watching a video, or reading a book you’ve already made that decision. The rest comes down to how bad you want it, and how hard you’re willing to work for it.