This project originated as a presentation for a design conference I was asked to speak at. Being 22 at the time, I didn’t have much sage advice to give. I did–and still do–have plenty of smart and talented friends, colleagues and former bosses who have shaped my career. Deciding to share the advice they gave me, I started recording video interviews and built this site to house all of their captured words of wisdom.
Each interview, which lasts an average of three minutes, has Mig asking his guests to introduce themselves and then asks them: If you had just one piece of advice that you would share with someone who is looking to start their creative career or looking for just general advice, what would that one piece of advice be? Unfortunately, Mig hasn’t added any more interviews in the past couple of years, but if, like me, you’re only just discovering this platform, you will find plenty to browse and delight with the wonderful list of interviewees that Mig has curated–from Nicholas Felton, Jason Fried to Jason Santa Maria. Here are three of Mig’s interviews with some rethinked …* favorites.
discover & rethink …*
“I think it’s to come in contact with the fact that as artist and designers you’re trained to be a great individual–someone that can do things by yourself, your way and to look for opportunities to do things with others. To find how your idea of artistic integrity, of the individual, can be broadened. Find a group integrity, find a peaceful place with that. Because the world is changing so much, you really can’t do it alone anymore. And to work together.”
“Try not to compromise. So many people don’t do what they really want in their hearts because they feel like they’re not good enough or they’re not smart enough, or they’re not talented enough or they’re not beautiful enough or thin enough–anything, anything. And that doesn’t matter. In order for you to live a remarkable life, in order for you to live a life that is fulfilling, you need to be able to go after what you really want. And if you don’t, you’re not ever going to achieve it, ever. But if you do try, then the odds are, if you work really really hard, you can get there. It might take a long time but you will get there. And my sort of sidebar piece of advice to that piece of advice, is to try not to take no for an answer. I can’t begin to tell you how many things I have been told no in my first go around at trying but by the third or the fourth that no turns into a maybe and then that maybe turns into a yes. I’ve had one pattern in my life that I’ve recognized, is that the first time I’ve tried to do something, I’ve often been rejected. And even the second time I’ve tried to do something, I’ve often been rejected. What I’ve realized and what I’ve seen now in my research on being able to achieve something, is that eighty percent of people give up after the second try. So that means that if you try a third time you have a much smaller pool of people that you’re competing with. And so, I would recommend not taking no for an answer until you don’t want it anymore. If you keep wanting it, keep trying for it.”
TINA ROTH EISENBERG
“Okay, there’s one piece of advice that I would give anyone that is starting a career–it’s actually a rule I live by–and that is that if an opportunity comes your way that scares you, you have to take it. And I remember the first time I was invited to speak at a fairly well-known conference, and I’ve never had any speaking experience before. I was scared in my initial reaction and that’s when I realized, you know what, this scares me for a reason because actually I’m going to grow with this and this is important for my career and I just have to, you know, work through it. And I did–I prepared, I had someone help me learn about presenting and all that. And afterwards, coming out of it, even though I was so scared, in the moment of, when I did it and everything, I was very proud of myself, I felt like I learned a lot, I made a huge leap forward in my career just with that and hence I got more speaking engagements out of it. So this is just a general rule that I live by.”