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  • Five steps to living a remarkable life

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    What advice would I give a young designer in order to help him or her succeed? I believe that every goal is achievable and you can live a remarkable life by following these steps:

    1. Work harder than anybody else you know.

    2. Don't rest on your laurels. Don't rest on any laurels.

    3. Constantly try to find out and learn about the things that you don't know. It's really easy to learn about things that you know. And it's pretty easy to learn about things that you know that you don't know. I would suggest that people learn about all the things that they don't realize that they don't know.

    4. Many people start out by thinking about all the things that they can't do; once you take that path, it's very hard to get off of it. Try not to take that path. The only person who can make your dreams come true is you. If you start out with limited dreams, you'll achieve only limited dreams. This is not a good way to start.

    5. Do not compromise! Consider what you would do if you knew you would never fail, and pursue that as if your life depended on it—because it does! Only you can create a remarkable life for yourself. Only you. Start right now!

    This essay originally appeared in the 2010AIGA|Aquent Survey of Design Salaries.

    About the Author: 

    Debbie Millman is a partner and president of the design division at Sterling Brands, one of the leading brand identity firms in the country. Millman is president of AIGA, and chair of the School of Visual Arts’ master’s program in Branding. She is a contributing editor to Print magazine and host of the podcast “Design Matters.” She is the author of How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer (Allworth Press, 2007) and Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design (HOW Books, 2009).

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