Why work so hard and will regret when get old.
I have seen too many designers who work so hard at the expenses of losing quality of life, marriage failure and when they got older, wonder why they did that for. I wish I can start my life all over again so I know what to do best, but it is not too late for younger people - Mike
Be a Versatile and Well Rounded Designer
Whatever in your field, you need to be versatile and well rounded so you have a better and solid foundation for your profession. Often an experienced designer has great training on many other fields to become a better designer. So don't just know 10% of what you already know, study 15% of what you know what you don't know and go extra miles to learn 75% of what you don't know what you don't know. - Mike
Be Firm, Positive yet Flexible
As life is not perfect, so whatever you do, you need to be firm with positive attitude and be flexible in case it doesn't work out. Most things happen for a reason so just let them be and prepared for the worse. Life is fun and joy if you are positive and happy and it is the only option you can choose. - Mike Lin
It is very normal and nature to show off what you do best to your peers, but you probably don't realize you may have scared them away or made them jealous on your achievement. The next level of maturity is to be humble to earn them back, you will know when you are over 70, but it is better if you know now and today before too much damages done. - Mike Lin
What could be more important thing to do as a designer - Travel to Learn. As a student, we are often too poor to go, as a professional, we are definitely too busy to go, when we retire, we my be too sick to go, so what is the secret? "just borrow $ or make time and do it now", all the other things can wait and will eventually fall into right places for you. Remember, time is ticking and it is better to do it now than regret later. - Mike Lin
Sad but True
As parents, we will serve like one of these balls in life: crystal ball, basket ball, football or baseball. When your kids are younger, they treat you like a crystal ball, when they grow up, if you don't treat them well, they may pass you around like a basketball between them, or kick you out of house like a football and eventually hit you and score the home run to make you disappear forever like a baseball. Sad but true and happen worldwide. - Mike Lin
I feel our life is like one of these water drops on leaves (attached picture), you don't know how long yours will stay and when it will fall and what material beneath when it falls. When you grow to a bigger in size with the expense of others, it falls faster. So I strongly suggest you to stay small and be yourself, by joining other drops can easily make your water drop bigger and falls quicker. In life, we shouldn’t try too hard, need to act LOOSE, and let the nature to take its course.
You need to be more generous, share what you know and make a visible dust so people know you do contribute on this planet. It is more important to stay longer on leaf and not how big the size you create. I know my water drop stays small and also like to keep others in balance so we all can stay longer and enjoy the beautiful sunrise and sunset daily. In my past 35 years, I have tried to carefully locate a more peaceful water basin so people will eventually fall into it with comfort, fun and joy. Keep in touch and have a great summer. - Mike Lin
1. Having Great Attitude.
2. With Proficient Portfolio.
3. Be Energetic.
Academic grade doesn't mean anything at all. So while in school, don't waste time pleasing instructors for good grades, enjoy your learning experience by making vast damages as it will cost nothing but good memories. I only wish I can go back to school and enjoy the experience one more time with a different attitude than before. Mike Lin
Life is too short to worry too much. Be loose and you will enjoy life so much more.
Great minds discuss ideas;
Average minds discuss events;
Small minds discuss people.
You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
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