Good Advice: Your Success (and Failure) Is In Your Own Hands

Earlier this summer, Chris Arnold (founder of Creative Orchestra and former creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi) shared some of his advice for design students and recent grads with designer David Airey.  Read on for a few highlights from the post, and if you have advice of your own, please share! Our comments section would love to have you. 
• It's not just about the work but about people. You need to engage future employees, be nice, listen, be humble, take advice. Never argue or be arrogant (as an employee the boss's word is king). You need them more than they need you -- the pool of talent for employees is very big. Make them like you. We want nice people with potential talent. Once you've seen someone, try and keep the connection going, come back, build a relationship.

• There is a truth in the fact that only the toughest survive. The lazy ones fail. You need to be proactive, no-one is going to call you. You have to make your own opportunities, make your own destiny. Your success is in your hands. As is your failure.

• Think of yourself as a brand. You need to be remembered. What will they remember you for? What defines you? If you have it in you, do something that defines you. Invent something, develop a unique skill, get noticed for something -- it creates a talking point.

Read the full post for more. And tell us what works for you!
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