Often times we get sucked in. We fall down that deep hole in our work and we get stuck there. We begin to focus on the wrong things, which in turn transforms the work we are doing. It turns something that was once research and passion based work into a competitive and negative process. This funnels from the people we often get surrounded by, and our own sense of self doubt. We love the work, we want it done right, but in a way it becomes our right way, or their right way and not necessarily the right way. This creates a fragmented project and ultimately results in not giving the best work to the clients we deal with. That's bullshit.
So what should we be doing? How can we avoid this? It is a tricky situation to identify and get out of. But if we can each do a better job of ditching the insecurities and refusing to feed the negativity that comes with the task at hand the entire problem of how to get out of them can be avoided more often. Avoid feeding your insecurities, let them fuel you to pursue greater knowledge. Don't let how others interact with you throughout a project become a you vs them, let it be, "Which of these thoughts or concepts is the right decision for the project?" Steer clear from fueling the beast on either side of the discussion and be happy with the process. Remember how we are those people who get to do what we love for a living! Take on those crazy challenges. Fight through the complexities. Love the process.
"I understand I don't have all the answers. I don't even have most of them. Accepting that and pursuing all of the complex questions around me is a hell of a fun challenge though. Stick to the process and remain open to the ideas around you. That is the greatest way to find the right solutions."
Over the past few weeks I have been doing quite a bit of career soul searching. I have been listening to some wise folks give talks on their stories and their processeses and I think the greatest take away wasn't new found methods to my work, or breakthrough concepts. It was that I need to get back to the roots of my career. Love the work I do. Ignore the egos that come through the door. Also, ignore my own ego, my pesky insecurities and make sure that I stick to the process. The results from having an open dialog and a greater respect for one another will make every project we work on better for those that will be using them. Think about those projects where just about everything did go right, and when it launched how gratifying it felt. That can be attainable far more often if we speak our minds, be thoughtful of others, and squash the insecurities each and every day.
Lastly, remember that we shouldn't be segregating tables or offices based on opinions, who said what or how it played out for our interests. Better value every interaction and do the best work you can with every piece of information around you for the sake of the product. We have incredible jobs and create amazing things. It is time to fall back in love with the process and re-discover our passion. It is time to get back to work. Let's go.