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I fought really hard to get to where I am today – I can do better but what I am trying to say is that ‘STOP COMPLAINING!’
Experience says a lot about you, you know. In fact, I would bet all my money on fact that people who learn things hands-on is FAR FAR better than those who got their degrees in college.
This is an experience that I would like to share with all of you. I have a client whose graphic designer went on maternity leave. So, she needed someone to do work while she was away. I did stuff for them, no complaints and they paid on time. However, when graphic designer came back, she had problems with my files. At first, I thought it was my problem….that I didn’t configure or save files properly for her to continue with her work. Turns out, I had to spend a lot of time on phone and through email teaching her how to do some basic functions using same program that we use! The same program and yet I knew more than her? I couldn’t believe it, really. She’s one with graphic design and art degree, while I am one with a law degree…..I still have trouble understanding this. Didn’t they teach those stuff to her in school or college? What in world did she learn to do in school? And…..
….thank goodness I didn’t waste my time and money to get a degree! If I did, I bet you I would have regressed!
My point is this: you don’t need a piece of paper to prove your abilities and worth. You need only one thing, need, desire, want, passion for it! If you think you have it, I am VERY sure you can go as far or further than those who are qualified. So, don’t just sit there and whine – go do something!
Marsha Maung is a freelance graphic designer and copy writer who works from her home in Selangor, Malaysia. She loves nothing more than blowing bubbles in the park with her 2 kids, Joshua and Jared. She designs apparel and premium items at http://www.creativejooz.com and is the author of "Raising little magicians", and the popular "The Lance in freelancing". More information can be found at http://www.marshamaung.com