Sometimes you need a little pick-me-up in your work life. That’s what we’re here for. From deep and inspiring pieces of advice, to lighthearted tips, we’re happy to share all of our secrets with you!
Dave Rosenberg: I have three great pieces of advice.
From my Dad: “You can’t control most things but you CAN control how hard you work. It’s amazing how the harder someone works the luckier they get.”
From my first client, Don Plasco: “When you have a business it can consume you 24/7, don’t let that happen. Make sure to always have time for your family.”
From a book, and also my main guiding principle in life: “Life is a journey not a destination. Having fun and fulfillment along the way is everything; the destination will then take care of itself!”
Marisa: Advice given to me by my husband: “Accept and embrace change.”
Rachel: “Never cook fish or popcorn in the office microwave.”
Austin: “Networking isn’t about instant results, it is about building relationships for the future.”
Kara: The best advice I have received was from a graphic design professor in college. She said, “Don’t ever fall in love with a design.” What she meant was, as a designer, you may be so proud of something you created and think it is beautiful, but it may not be getting the intended message across. Ultimately, this is the most important thing in advertising and you might have to scrap it and start over.
Connie: “Find something few people can do and become good at it.”
Nellie: “If you’re going to do something half-assed, then don’t do it at all.”
Jared: The best career advice I’ve probably ever received was from a book titled, Somehow I Manage, by Michael Scott. The advice goes something like, “Make friends first, make sales second, make love third. In no particular order.”
John: “Keep it simple, stupid.” Great advice and hurts my feelings every time.
Joe: “Being a good designer means nothing to your employer if you can’t finish a project on time.”
Dave Simon: When I was a young private in the Army, my master sergeant directed me to deliver a package to the one-star general who commanded our base, who happened to be a good friend of his. I had never been to base headquarters, and there was no way I was going to be allowed to see the general, which I haltingly explained to the sergeant. The sergeant handed me the package, and a clipboard. “Here’s what you do,” he said. “Keep your head up, walk with confidence, and if anyone tries to stop you, smile and wave that clipboard. If you act like you know what you’re doing, people will assume you do know what you’re doing.” I was scared to death, but it turned out he was right. I breezed through several layers of underlings and into the general’s office, smiling and waving all the way. And I’ve always remembered that advice when in unfamiliar circumstances: Act like you know what you’re doing.
Melissa: Dave Rosenberg has told me to “treat others how you would want to be treated.” It’s so simple and something we’re told from the time we’re kids, but it makes so much sense and I ALWAYS think about it when I’m faced with a decision. I think it applies to clients, coworkers, vendors, new business prospects — it’s actually good life advice! Also, money isn’t everything.