A Brand Called You

Lesson 5/22 - Busy Is A Decision


A Brand Called You


Lesson Info

Busy Is A Decision

That busy is a decision. Someday I'm gonna get brave enough to tattoo this on my body so that whenever one of my students say I'm sorry to do that, I didn't get a chance, I was too busy, I can just pull up my sleeve and say, read this. Busy is a decision. And this is something you really need to think about. I don't know if anybody's ever seen the movie Revolutionary Road or read the book Revolutionary Road, and it's really at its heart, it's a story about a couple that keep telling themselves that if they could they would do this other thing, and then they never do. And even when at the end of the movie, one of the protagonists is left with the possibility of being able to do the very thing that he's been saying his whole life that he wanted to do, he still doesn't do it. We do the things that we want to do. We buy the things that we wanna buy, we create the things that we wanna make, we don't, not because we're too busy, ever, it's because it's not enough of a priority. And this was ...

the sort of tough talk I said that I was gonna share with you. If you're not making the work that you wanna make, it's because you don't wanna make it, and you have to be honest with yourself. If you say I don't know where I can find the time, maybe stop watching Game of Thrones, or maybe do the work while you're watching Game of Thrones and with background noise. I do a lot of my work with Law and Order SVU reruns on, a lot, it's me and Mariska, we got it goin' on. (audience laughs) So think about what you want to do. You cannot, as Maria Popova from Brain Pickings has said, you don't find time, you make time. So if you want to do something, come clean with yourself. Ask yourself, why am I not doing it? Am I too afraid? Then think about the reptilian brain, you're never gonna be in a place where you're like, woohoo, let's do that experimental work I've been dying to do my whole life. (audience laughs) It's gonna be amazing! You have to decide that you want to do it, even with all of that fear there, and if you use busy as an excuse, what's gonna happen? Not now, when? If not now, when? When do you do it? 'Cause after Game of Thrones, then Homeland is gonna start. (audience laughs) So busy is a decision.

Class Description

It takes work to get the work you love. It takes knowing how to interview well, how to communicate flawlessly, how to articulate your own purpose and to simultaneously do this while facing tremendous rejection. Debbie Millman is one of the most influential design minds of our time; an author, educator, brand strategist, and founder and host of the acclaimed podcast Design Matters. In her class you'll learn how to:

  • Create a meaningful philosophy that will guide your career
  • Present yourself in meetings and interviews
  • Network and standout from your competition
  • Find discipline in your approach to work
  • Sell yourself with more confidence

Are you spending enough time on looking for, finding and working towards winning a great job? Are you doing everything you can—every single day—to stay in “career shape”? What else should you be doing?

Join Debbie and answer these questions you should be asking yourself...



this class was a wonderful combination of personal values translating in a business context, plus very VERY practical advice on how to "win" jobs. Super practical while also incorporating big picture thinking. Debbie is just a gem, multifaceted, and such an authentic speaker who deeply cares about her students.

Annet Katan

This is life changing course! And not just for designers but for EVERYONE who is going to WIN the dream job! Debbie is an amazing and inspiring educator. Her energy and excitement for the material is remarkable.