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Set Big Goals and Final Q&A

Lesson 22 from: FAST CLASS: A Brand Called You

Debbie Millman

Set Big Goals and Final Q&A

Lesson 22 from: FAST CLASS: A Brand Called You

Debbie Millman

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22. Set Big Goals and Final Q&A

Lesson Info

Set Big Goals and Final Q&A

Set big goals. You're never gonna to get your dream job unless you dream big. You're never gonna to get your dream job unless you dream big. Your dream job isn't going to just drop in your lap as a gift from the gods. You have to go out and make it happen. So set big goals. The more dream jobs you have on your list, the more likely you are of getting one. And you have to track your efforts. You should, every single day that you're looking for your dream job, write down who you called, what the response was, what is the next step, is it time for you to ping that receptionist again who was really nice to you at Pentagram and send something else. You should be doing promotional mailers or these wonderful things that Jessica and Jessica and Lisa have done. You should try to do this at least once a year, something really wonderful that you can send out to the blogs that you can get coverage. And if you can't come up with ideas, come up with ideas. (murmurs in the audience) You have no one t...

o blame if you can't come up with ideas and you aren't spending enough time thinking about your ideas. If you're all creative people, you have ideas. And if you're stuck with not having ideas, take a class with a project in it. And there that project can help inspire or catalyze one of your ideas. So you must track your efforts. You must keep a real sense of momentum about what you're doing. And if you're not doing it, it's not gonna get done. You have to do it every day. As if the same way you would work out for big race, you have to do this every day. And you have to expect, like Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan, that you're not going to be successful a good chunk of the time. But, you do this long enough and hard enough and you put in the effort, you put in the time, you track and keep monitoring what you're doing, you will hit the number. I promise, you will hit the number. You have to expect that you are gonna be rejected along the way. It's part of the process. And if you don't want to do it because you're afraid of being rejected, know that you can still be afraid of being rejected and do it anyway. I'm not asking you not to be afraid to be rejected, I'm asking you to do it even with the fear of being rejected and you will see that that rejection will not kill you. In fact, it very likely will inspire you. My final thoughts are, I'm going to share two quotes. The first is by Dita Von Teese, who is the burlesque actress and dancer, and she says that "you could be the ripest juiciest peach "in the entire world "and there's still going to be somebody who hates peaches." (audience laughs) So you can be your best self, on your best day, with your best thoughts and your best work and there's still going to be somebody that's like, meh. That's not an excuse to stop. It's only a failure if you accept defeat. And until you accept defeat, you are trying and you are trying to make it happen. And the only person that's going to make it happen for yourself is you. So if you're not getting the opportunities that you want to be getting, you have to go out and make them. You have to go out and find them. And you have to put a plan together that you can track and monitor as if you were going for a race in the Olympics, going for a medal in the Olympics with the same intensity and the same audacity and the same hope and the same dream, because the dream job is just like the gold medal, You have to work that hard. And the other thing I'll leave you with is this quote, "If you aren't making enough mistakes, "you're not taking enough risks." That goes to the question before about screwing up. It's okay to screw up. It's just not okay to stop trying

Ratings and Reviews

Hilary Larson
 

I was not expecting to get so much out of this accelerated class! Debbie is a captivating speaker who manages to get her points across directly while maintaining a strong sense of relatability with her audience. I really look forward to taking what I have learned here with me as I move forward in my career as a visual artist. Highly recommended.

Michelle
 

This class is for a specific audience - young or new-to-the-field designers. It is NOT a branding class for the regular person. The class description is misleading. However, there are bits and tips that anyone can benefit from, but you have to sit through the entire presentation to get those bits and tips. I am not a designer. Because I had the all-access pass, I dipped in and out of different classes, speeding up and skipping as needed. I found enough value in this Fast Class: A Brand Called You to watch it, rather than the long one. I can see how this would benefit new designers as they job hunt.

Matías Obando Ruiz
 

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