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had to learn math to discover that I hated it, I had to learn to code to discover that my appeal to it wasn’t as strong as my appeal to align pixels.
I had to wear a suit to realize that this is not something that I would want to wear everyday. I learned how to manage projects and people to understand that what I really wanted to do is to spend my entire day in Photoshop, listening to Hans Zimmer and Amon Tobin.

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MORE IDEAS FROM How I Joined Google

The best way to learn is to work for real people, in real companies.

The benefit from working and learning at the same time with people who actually make a living out of what you want to do is by orders of magnitude more beneficial than school. Any internship will teach you more about real life work than any class.

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In addition to school courses and learning with pros, learning by yourself will be a great asset in your career. Some may say that it is all you need, especially in our line of work.

If you have the passion about something, self teaching should come naturally. If you have fun learning stuff, you are where you’re supposed to be.

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School and job skills

Learning in school what you don't want: School is not about teaching, not really. It’s about opening your mind. You will forget most of what you learn at school but it will help me visualize and understand the things that you want to do and the things that you want to avoid.

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  • During your life, if you’re lucky enough, you will meet people who will help you grow. People who will help you reach what you think was too far, by standing on their shoulders.
  • You will not always be working on something that makes you proud, but you will always learn something out of it.
  • Be a safety net for the person you want to see evolve. Make him feel impactful and in control of his decisions and projects.

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You will only be able to do that if you actually manage to pay for your internet bill first of course. One benefit to it is that you will choose the project you want. You will work on what makes you happy and what you will be happy to show as a work reference. If you work with the right persons, it will open doors for you.

Do it when you are a student, when you’re eager to do over hours and work on various stuff. Yes they will get something for really cheap or even nothing, but as a young designer you will get invaluable experience, you just need to be careful.

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If you ever get the chance to do side projects for real people as a young designer, take the opportunity. It will teach you a lot.

If you have the time and if your situation allows it, taking side projects as a freelancer while you have a full-time job is a good way to try it out and see if it’s something for you. Be careful though because you will not see the sunlight a lot.

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That’s the beauty of internet, you can network without engaging anybody in the real world. You can build yourself as a designer and build your web presence simply by participating in communities.

 If you are alone on an island, you have virtually the same chance of being recognized for your work as anybody else.

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Some may say that learning by yourself is all you need, especially in our line of work. If you have the passion about something, self teaching should come naturally. There will always be more talented people than you.

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Command the tasks and responsibilities in your current role, then start solving the problems that your soon-to-be self would be working on.
The only way to effectively do this is through careful time management. Understand the core strategy of your organization, ask lots of hard questions and align your priorities with that of the company. 

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You need to know what you want in life

“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

  1. Without a purpose, you can’t have a rock-solid plan, and a rock-solid plan is the best way to maximise your chance of success in life.
  2. When it comes to figuring out what you want to do, the most important thing is to experiment constantly.
  3. It’s never too late to change, but it’s 100% crucial to experiment to find what you love to do and why you want to change.

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THomas Jefferson

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”

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