One of the many changes that the Internet brought to our profession, to graphic design, is that it exposed us to brilliant design. The designer who used to be something special in school, who shined in college, now comes face to face with her worst enemy: A better designer.

There are three possible responses to this realization:

1. Deny it. Believe that your designs rank with the best in the world. If only people understood you.

2. Accept mediocrity. Wear it every day and get on with making a living in spite of it.

3. Acknowledge brilliance, accept that you are not there yet and work harder to get there.

All three are valid responses. The only wrong choice would be to waste years on the fence. Which one are you? Choose. Focus.

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