Episode 071

071: Feeling confident as a designer

Struggling with confidence is a big problem creatives face. We’ve all had days where we feel like we can’t keep going on our creative journey; that we’re not good enough and should just give up. But facing those hurdles is a part of the learning process and something we have to learn to deal with. In this episode we discuss confidence issues and give advice on ways to feel more confident in your work and abilities.

"It's a mindset shift. Just start telling yourself that you can do it."


Key takeaways

Confidence comes from experience rather than skill. There’s no easy way to gain it, it’s something that happens over time the more you practice and the more you experience it.


As designers, we’re always learning and doing new things, and that means we’ll always be feeling self doubt about something new we’re trying. Instead of letting the self-doubt debilitate you, realise it’s simply a part of the learning process.
If you think you can’t, you can’t. If you think you can, there’s a chance you’ll make it. Sometimes a mindset shift is needed to start gaining confidence. Have some faith in yourself but set your expectations. Confidence takes time, you won’t become super confident overnight. But know that you can get there eventually.

Show timestamps

00:00 – Intro & catch up

05:30 – Confidence and your comfort zone

07:20 – Confidence comes from experience

08:30 – Accepting compliments

11:00 – Struggling with lack of confidence

14:40 – Fake it till you make it

18:30 – Presenting your work

22:50 – The confidence gap

28:10 – Setting expectations for yourself

30:00 – Listener’s thoughts on confidence

Show links

Hey Siri, I Want My Attention Back

E69 – Stepping out of your comfort zone

Julie Zhuo – Creative confidence

The Atlantic – The confidence gap

Video – Being a female designer in tech

Show credits

Our site: designlife.fm

Our Twitter: @DesignLifeFM


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Our theme tune was created by the talented Camiel van Schoonhoven