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So I’m just going to have a little ramble about how self-confidence is the core value of becoming a competent designer.

Now, I’m totally aware that you could be totally self-confident, but totally inept at your job, but couple self-confident alongside industry experience, and you’ll begin rolling, and once you start you can’t stop.

I’d like to think that we’ve all been there at one time or another. I’d like to think that every designer has questioned their own ability.

You’re rubbish at this. Oh my god. You don’t have a clue. What an idiot. You can’t even explain your design. How did you even get a job here. It’s only a matter of time before they find you out. You’re an absolute chancer.

The thing is, for a lot of designers starting off, these inner thoughts are probably true.

No matter how good you were at your college projects, or your little doodles, nothing will prepare you for the day you get dropped into the real world. When your designs are part of a longer process, and will be judged based on creating actual revenue. Where product managers and stakeholders are breathing down your neck, where deadlines loom over you like D-day. This is when most young designers start to hyperventilate. And there is only one way to get comfortable with this situation. Experience it, learn and grow from it.

Too many times as a designer I’ve moved an icon left, right, top, bottom, cursing myself for not having the skills to know where is the best place to put it. But the thing is, if you don’t have the self-confidence to believe in what you’re doing, you’ll never commit to anything. You’ll be left moving your icon around, until you decide to put yourself out of your misery and smash your head against the wall until you’re dead.

Self-confidence grows from experience. The more you experience you have in the industry, the more you’ll believe in what you’re doing and in time the stronger your self-confidence will become. It’s certainly a timely procedure, but it will happen. So the next time you doubt your abilities, remember that you’re still learning, even if you’ve 20 years experience. You will never get to a stage when you feel you know everything. The industry is constantly evolving, always one step ahead of you, but that’s all part of the fun. No one knows what’s going to happen, so just try keep up and keep your chin above water and you’ll be juuuuuust fine….

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