There are some business lessons that were easy for me to learn. Like, the first time I worked without a contract and got screwed on getting paid. That was a mistake I never made again. Or learning to ask for a deposit. Or including a kill fee if the project was cancelled. (Interesting how all of those revolve around money. If it hits me in the wallet I learn a little bit faster, apparently.)
Others have taken me a lot longer to absorb. It wasn’t until I spent some quality coaching time with Chris Lema last year that I finally got comfortable talking about a client’s budget. Or learning how to pitch my ideas to a client so they actually care about why certain design decisions are made. Or realizing that criticism about something I’ve designed isn’t criticism of me as a person.
Then there are the lessons I haven’t quite grasped, even though they’ve been problems for most of my life. I’ve wrestled with one of them for the past month. Even though I know it’s a problem, I’ve just kind of glossed over it and made excuses for it.
I’ve been such a perfectionist about something that not only has it kept me from finishing a project I’m really excited about, it’s prevented me from doing other stuff because I haven’t finished that first project. I’ve been caught in an endless loop that I created for myself. Whee!