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I want you to be a winner!

Yes it is exactly what I mean I want you to be a winner, I am asking you to excel in what you do.

Let’s make it clear, I am not asking this to you to force you to get good notes at school or on your projects…not at all! I am asking it because you can think about it. How important it is to try to be the best, to give all you have inside to be better at what you do, for example in sketching or presenting your projects. How important it is not to give up. How much space you have available to keep progressing.

Believe in yourself, even if honestly you know you are not yet ready for a higher level; however, work on yourself to accomplish the mission to make that extra step. Work on yourself to keep concentration and energy on the right track. Discipline and dedication, give yourself a sort of improvement plan (at school at life whatever…), what type of priorities should you set? Come on, you know in what you are weak just be honest with yourself.

Exercise to improve, at what? You know! Is it sketching, line-quality, the perspective, how you use and blend markers…? Is it your attitude? I do not know, but you do! So do it!

Do it! Try to be a winner, use your brain and concentrate all positive energy to be better.

Recently many of you out there sent me portfolios and sketches with some evident mistakes, but you were happy about it and you asked me to confirm that to you …those sketches are not bad! Well done keep going…This is what you wanted me to tell you! And this is the reason I think a part of you is still in an average mode!

Do not be on an average mode, try to stand out from crowds, do not be satisfied too fast with your work. You might have done nice sketches, but hey you are still presenting a sketch with some mistakes in it… did you check it before sending it? Did you correct it before sending it? How critical have you been with yourself? How demanding? And what about your portfolio?

I want you to be a winner, start acting to become one!

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Do you have a Vision? You better do!

How many design students are going to school thinking about what they are really doing for their future?

I know that you are all very happy because you are in school! You have been accepted and you did start your preferred school to become designers. I know that feeling, too. As I said a year ago:

Do you think you made it because you got accepted? Wait for what is next before being too happy too soon!

So my million dollar question is: Do You Have a Vision?

If you don’t (and it might be the case) you better start thinking about it. When we have the great opportunity to pursue one of the most complicated and rare professional career “Design” we have to make sure not to fail, not to be poor at it, not to be average, not to be too happy too soon. Be honest you know the type of progression and improvement you need to be better than someone in you class, now if you compare your skills with someone from other schools around…you know you have still a long way to go! Face it and assume responsibility for it!

When you realize the type of improvements you must make, how you would like to improve on your projects for your future portfolio quality, how to get your first internship, what is needed to do, when you realize all this you will start having a vision. It is about how to be in that school for doing what later once you will have your diploma or bachelor.

Do you want to become just a nice designer or an influent one?

We all need a vision to find our dimension and our role in society (think about a family or parents’ roles) or in a design studio, unless we are just average and I do not think it would be enough satisfying.

When you have a vision you will find your targets and if you work hard to accomplish them you will get somewhere someday for sure.

Got the point?

Luciano

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