ANNA PENG

Doing The Work is Half of It

This is about doing the thing you want to do and then being able to share it so other people know.

Sometimes we hope for miracles to happen, like getting “discovered” on our secret side Instagram page, catching the coattails of a big movie producer from making our 5th YouTube video. Or, hearing from your dream design agency by posting one portfolio piece on LinkedIn. 

Does it happen? Possibly. 

Is it a good strategy? No. 

If you’re reading this, you likely want your work to be noticed by somebody you care about. You don’t want to be romantic about it and wait for their response if they see it, because you’re a professional. Instead, you want to let them know that you’re here for them, 100%, always.

The narrative that plays like a record in your head that says, “It’s not good enough, it’s not ready to be shared” is everything that keeps you from making your first move as a creative.

It’s fine if you’re naturally quiet, introverted, shy, and don’t intend for your work to reach anywhere beyond your borders. You can stay where you want. This post isn’t for you. 

However, if you’re looking to create your own megaphone so that your work can be amplified (even just a few degrees forward), we have to mute the voice in your head that keeps you from sharing.


To Be Part of The Design Club

What does it take to be designer? You certainly don’t need a degree to become one, but if you want to be a part of the club you’ll have to understand and speak the language as the bare minimum. This rings true for a number of professions across the board. 

If you want to be a part of them, you must understand and speak their language.

It might sound exclusive, because it is. And it’s the same with how you found your way into your social circles, your internship, your college or university, or how you found your first freelance gig.

Once you familiarize yourself with the culture, the language, the practice, and the process, you’ll win yourself a ticket to be a welcome member to the family.


Sweetness

How can we spread more sweetness in our lives? 

Going from meeting to meeting, we bring forth ourselves as who we are at that specific moment in time. We’re human, so we naturally bring embody our emotions wherever we go.

The problem comes when we spread mean things like pent up frustration, passive aggression, or sour insults to one another—nobody wants to be part of your bad day. 

So how might we spread sweetness instead? We can start with picking up the small, unnoticed, but important parts of our lives that allow us to do what we set out to do.

You wouldn’t be here reading this if it weren’t for your invisible access to the internet. You wouldn’t be able to drink your morning coffee if it weren’t for the generous coffee farmers on the other side of the world. You wouldn’t be having your lunch if the grocery store staff, or the Uber Eats driver, or the restaurant owner wasn’t there to provide it for you. 

We can spread more sweetness by noticing what makes our lives work, giving intentional thank yous, and appreciating how the people around us help with our own lives. 

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