ANNA PENG

Impose Good

We all have ideals of what’s supposed to be considered good. 

A good lifestyle, good graphic design skills, a good diet, good taste, a good job, a good fashion sense, good morals, a good family, good driving, good presentations, good feedback, and the list could go on.

Everybody has a hot take. Oftentimes people will try to impose their good onto you when they fear their ideals are being challenged.

“I think you need to lose some weight” is someone else imposing their good sense of health onto you.

“I don’t think you should be spending your time watching Netflix shows” is someone else’s sense of productivity and time management.

“You should find a different job that pays more, you’ll be happier that way” is someone else’s idea of what a happy life could be.

The common theme amongst these statements is that they’re not alligned to what you believe. The response? Make it about them. 

“I appreciate your sense of good health, tell me how you’re able to balance your work life and your healthy habits.”

“You have such masterful control of your life decisions. How do you do it?”

“I’m so amazed that you are able to live such a fulfilled life. How did you get there?”

Impose good, just not your good.


Good Mornings

When the first person you see every morning is yourself, it is so important to accept who you are so that you can start your day right.


The Work Needs a Spokesperson

For reasons why you can’t give design work to a client without giving them a proper presentation of it first, a spokesperson is needed.

You’d be doing your hard work a disservice by avoiding showing how others can connect to it on a human level.

The audience wants to be told the journey, and how you got there. Surely that would be more important and captivating than a note that says, “Hey Cheryl, the first round of logos is attached to the latest email. Let me know which one clicks.”

Presenting is an art, and it often gets traded in for technical ability (both of which are important, but only one can build a relationship with a human audience).

The work needs a spokesperson. Finishing the work only brings us partially there, and the other part is how we make others connect with it.

Using Format