Motivation Monday

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DIY MENTORING

For me, one of the few drawbacks of working as an independent designer is less exposure to mentors. I used to worry over this fact until I started a new habit that helps kick me into gear when I’m feeling less inspired.

Every Monday, while having my coffee and zipping through the news feeds, I also check in with one of my heroes. I’ve got many idols on the go-to list – both local and international, from public persona to personal friend. I’ve found that even random glances at something they’ve put out there can clear my thinking and reset my intentions for the week.

I hope these entries have a positive impact on you as well.

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03.29.10

This Monday, I find myself in a bit of a funk. Be it the rain outside or the lengthy to-do list on my desk, I’m just not feeling so up today. In an effort to shake this mood, I looked through my heroes list and chose the always interesting, incredibly talented, and endlessly curious Stefan Sagmeister.

While his books are amazing, I thought to ditch the quotes today and share one of his many talks with you. In keeping with my aim to escape my gloomy attitude, I’ve chosen his 2004 TED Talk on “Happy Design.”

Thanks, Stefan – this was just what I needed today.

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