There's one song called "Team" by Iggy Azalea which I really like. The main lyrics go like this,
"Baby I got me, baby I got me, and that's all I need. Playing on my team, is someone like me."
A few years ago I really identified with these lyrics, thinking that no one can get those designs delivered like me. Even when I was working with a team of amazing designers, I always thought that I could do it all by myself.
Then I moved to Taiwan and started working on my own business ideas by myself. I thought I could do it all alone.
And you guessed it, I couldn't. I knew too little. And I had only 16 waking hours to work.
That was when I started to appreciate people who can write great copy, people who can write a detailed requirement doc, people who can cold email, knock on doors and pitch a new partnership opportunity.
I also started to truly appreciate other designers. I stop thinking about other designers as "better or worse", but "different" designers. They have different perspectives and experiences than me, and what they design would be different from mine.
And that's a great thing to see, think about and learn from.
I'm so grateful to have the chance to work with some fantastic teams with my clients now. I'm also thankful to have the support from my amazing business partner Rei, who is an unstoppable force that is making our dream real every day.
And when I think back, I've had such luck to work with some of the brightest and kindest people in the design field. They've shaped me to be the designer that I am today as well as helped me grow as a person.
So if I were to rewrite the lyrics to this song, it would be something like,
"Baby I got you, baby you got me, and that's all we need. Playing on our team, is someone like you and me."
That's a little longer than the original lyrics, so you'd have to rap a little faster. Now that wouldn't be a problem if we have Busta Rhymes on our team, would it?
Let me call him up now!
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