Growth is always uncomfortable
When we set a goal for ourselves and really want to achieve it, we jump right in and immediately get uncomfortable.
Why? Because getting uncomfortable is the only way to make progress.
Throughout my career, I’ve put myself in uncomfortable positions. Usually in the search for ways to improve my designs. Here are just a few examples:
- Whenever I come across a cool website, video game UI, or sci-fi movie UI, I try to recreate it — or make something even better
- When Macromedia Flash first came out and websites started to use it, I got competitive and thought, why can’t I make something like that? So, I bought the program and started to learn how to make simple animations.
- When embedding videos on a webpage started to become a thing, I forced myself to learn video editing and framing techniques
But even after learning all that, I still feel the need to do more. Because I’ve discovered that I’m happiest when I’m uncomfortable.
My next uncomfortable challenge
After going to my first web design conference (Future Insights Live, in 2013) and watching some awesome speakers, I knew what my next uncomfortable step would be.
Which brings us to today. As I think back, I’m happy that I put myself in these uncomfortable positions. Each challenge helped me find new opportunities and achieve things I never thought I would achieve.
So, this week, ask yourself: how am I going keep myself uncomfortable?
Thanks for reading, and, as always, make the web beautiful.