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Potty Training 101

08.27.18

I know I know, what is with this title?  But in my mind, as I was cleaning up the bathroom and reveling in my small victory, I realized all the stuff I do as a graphic designer is a lot like potty training.

My daghter has seemed like she was ready to be potty trained for a while by telling me when she had gone in her diaper and that I needed to get her a new one (never her dad).  So on Friday the 17th of August in this year of Two Thousand and Eighteen, I declared, “thats it, no more diapers!”.  For the last week I stuck to it, trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.  Trying this, that and the other thing and then banging my head (and hands) against the wall a few times.  What were we doing wrong, why does this not feel right?  Then it clicked, I need to just left it flow (pun intended).

I feel like this is a lot like my design work.  Sometimes it just flows and other times it just doesn’t.  When I’m in the zone, the creative juices pour onto the page and I end up with more ideas that I know what to do with.  Three hours can pass and it feels like I just sat down; I love that feeling so much.    Then there are other times when I stare at the blank art board in Illustrator and think “I have been sitting here three hours and I still don’t have any solid ideas”.  It is a truly defeating and humbling experience when I hit a road block, however, if I sit at the road block for a moment and switch my view, that when the magic happens.

I was feeling very defeated a week after starting the potty training process and that’s when I threw my hands up in the air and said “enough, it will come to me (and her) when the time is right”.  As soon as I acknowledged that I felt defeated and maybe it wasn’t the right time, she sat on the potty and surprised me. 

So, as I think back on this small moment I realized there are times when I have to relinquish control and take a deep breath because that’s when I surprise myself (and my clients).  We all hit road blocks but pushing through (or going around) them allows us to grow as individuals and in our many ventures.

What are some road blocks you have dealt with and how did you deal with them to move forward?

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