Happy 2nd birthday to Tiny Bold! It has been a fun and exciting year, full of new opportunities, clients, partners, and side projects. As the summer starts to fade away, and the last of the ice cream is polished off from the anniversary party, it is time to reflect on things learned from the last year.
Using our new age, here are the top two lessons learned from Tiny Bold’s second year in business:
1. Work on projects you love, and say ‘no’ to those you don’t.
If you have control over what projects you are taking on–whether writing, designing, photographing, the list goes on–do things that you are drawn to, and do your best to avoid the others. It can be an easy to say ‘yes’ to a project that you are not passionate about to get some money coming in, but doing so may fill up your schedule to the point where you can’t accept the amazing job you’d truly be interested in. The projects and clients that you are excited about will drive your best work, which will in turn bring in more work. So learn to politely say ‘no’ to things you are not itching to work on, and pour yourself into things you love.
To those out there who work in an agency or not super-creative field: find what you enjoy the most out of your job, and push to do more of it. You may not be able to say ‘no’ to your boss, but you may find ways to incorporate things you love about what you do to the fullest. Find a project that would be fun to spearhead and get it started!
2. Work with people that you enjoy being around.
A piece of advice that I always hold in my mind is that “it’s nice to be great, but far greater to be nice.” If you are an amazing talent, but a total jerk, you’ll find that less people will want to work with you. If you’re lucky, you’ll find the people who are great at what they do AND nice–and these are the folks you want to keep by your side. Whether it’s collaborating on a project, or meeting new potential clients, work with people that you enjoy talking to and being around; it makes projects go by more smoothly, and everyone is happier with the end products!
That’s just a bit of advice from a lot of experience from the past year. Have any other bits of wisdom you’d like to share? Please do in the comments!
Here’s to another year, more great work with great people, and all fingers crossed that the phrase “terrible twos” only relates to humans, not design studios 🙂