Topics: creative

For a shot of confidence, try this

It’s REAL easy to forget the hard work and accomplishments in your life. At best, you only remember a fraction of it. So you get down on yourself, develop impostor syndrome, and wonder what the hell you’re actually doing with your life. You compare yourself to others and look for validation in likes and hearts.

But one thing I’ve found to be an incredible gift to yourself (and shot of confidence) is taking some time to reflect on what you’ve accomplished. Here are a few ways I like to do it:

Photo by Timothy Eberly on Unsplash

Portfolio

I think it’s super important for everyone to have a website or portfolio. It’s not just for designers, and it’s as much for the benefit of you, as it is anyone else. Block off some time on your calendar to look at what you’ve got and breathe some life into it.

I tend to think of it as an ongoing process so I use the Ramit Sethi technique of setting an IFTTT reminder that emails me to add to my portfolio once a month. I don’t always actually do it, but in the words of Kumar, “sometimes I does it.”

Resumes

I’ve said this before and apparently, it’s controversial. But resumes are kind of irrelevant. Yeah, I know that people still ask for them and they have some role in helping HR and recruiters find candidates, but as someone who’s recently had to interview and hire a lot of people, the portfolio told me so much more about someone’s ability to tell a story, showcase their work, and demonstrate they had their shit together. That being said, if you can figure out a way to make your resume delight, impress, or complement your portfolio, go for it. It’s still another opportunity to remind yourself of what you’ve accomplished and you don’t have to wait until you’re desperate for a job to do it. Again, think of it as more for you than anyone else.

LinkedIn

I remember when LinkedIn was a fucking joke. I mean some of it still is, like endorsements and how people feel obligated to leave congratulatory remarks that are the adult equivalent of scrawling “Have a good summer!” in a yearbook, but I also can’t deny its utility or that I’ve gotten jobs through it before.

Most people’s profiles make me want to cry from boredom though. This is an opportunity to stand out. Don’t use a prim and proper professional profile pic people expect you to use. Tell a story through your bio and leave people eager to meet you. A little mystery and intrigue never go out of style.

One thing I do find sort of nice is the recommendations. It can be a major confidence boost to get recs from people you enjoyed working with and can speak to your best qualities.

Annual Review

For the past three years, I’ve done an annual review to reflect on what I’ve done and what I want to do. I never do everything I set out to do, but I’m convinced that the act of writing stuff down makes it more likely to come to fruition. I like to divide mine into different life sections (career, family, money, creativity, giving, travel, etc) and break those down into some measurable subgoals. I will say that looking at it once a year probably isn’t good enough. So I use IFFFT to send a weekly email that asks me to take a look at what I set out to do and mark my progress along the way. It’s really uplifting to see what you accomplish!

Photo by David Beatz on Unsplash

Those are four ways I’ve found that help me, but I’m interested in hearing about any strategies or tactics you find helpful. Tweet us @holidaymatinee.

Cards for humanity

I’m weird in that I can’t usually get into traditional card games, but I can totally get behind Reflection Cards from Holstee. Aimed at sparking more meaningful conversation between family, friends, or strangers, I love that it encourages moving past small talk and avoiding eye contact. It’s now more than ever that we need to be humans that empathize and have conversations that 280 characters can’t capture.

Pick up a deck or two on the Kickstarter campaign by Wed, August 15.

Little things matter

Quick story: I’ve been developing my voiceover skills and since I don’t have many samples, I decided to record some of the types of things I’d like to read. I decided the Creative Mornings manifesto could be cool. It needed a little music though, so I reached out to our friends Shawn and Yoshimi (Lullatone) in Japan for permission to use one of their tracks. After I made the recording, I shared it with them. They liked the track, but what was even cooler was that they told me they were in the process of recording piano versions of their music and the track I chose reminded them of this old tune.

They ended up re-recording that track too.

It’s just a nice example of how every little thing you do or share can have an impact, or in this case as Shawn described it, “symbiotic creativity.” Whatever you do, don’t stop making. You can’t expect anything will come of it, but when it does, it’s a beautiful thing.

What shades are you?

Fun illustrations here from Focus Clinics on the most iconic sunglasses of all time. What look are you going for this summer?

Women who draw ridiculously well

Women Who Code is cool and totally worth supporting, but I’m always going to be a Women Who Draw kinda guy. It’s an open directory of pro female illustrators, artists, and cartoonists who are open for freelance work. The special thing about this site is a focus on increasing the visibility of females of color, LBTQ+, and other minority groups that don’t traditionally get as much recognition.

It’s really cool to see the diversity of styles on here that comes with a global spectrum. Let’s support these amazing artists, and if you are one yourself, pull your portfolio together and get on here.

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