The importance of having a positive attitude…

The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

–Winston Churchill

This month’s class blog subject is about the importance of having a positive attitude. As we all know, there are times in life when we will face problems and obstacles. I truly believe that the biggest challenge in life is often not the actual obstacle itself, but our reaction to it.

People with a positive attitude will treat any problem as a challenge. Instead of being discouraged, they are encouraged. They see the lesson to be learned instead of the failure that has happened. People who lack a positive attitude however, see problems and difficulties in an entirely different manner. It often overwhelms and immobilizes them. They are hopeless instead of hopeful. They see the glass half empty instead of half full.

I believe having a positive attitude is essential to living a happy, healthy and fulfilled life. It isn’t always easy to see the best in tough situations, but I think the key to having a good attitude is to  identify negative thoughts and try to put a positive spin on them. I make it a daily goal to try to see the good in every situation. I immerse myself in stories and articles that are inspirational rather than negative. Having a positive attitude is a conscious decision  that I choose to make. I cannot control all circumstances in my life, but I can control how I react to them.

Additional resources:

Positive thinking: Reduce stress, enjoy life more

Power of a super attitude


Taking Stock…

What are my web design goals? I am interested in learning the fundamentals of web design and development because I want to expand my skill set as a graphic designer. I think this training will make me more marketable and provide me with many professional opportunities the industry.

Which aspects of web design interest you the most? I am most interested in (X)HTML coding. As a designer, I have dabbled with Dreamweaver and occasionally have snuck a peek at the code. I want to understand what all those letters and symbols mean and how it works in relationship to my design.

What current skills do you have that will be useful in creating web pages?I have worked as a designer for over a decade and have designed many web sites in the past. I understand the importance of layout, the relationship of color and content. I am very familiar with the software programs needed for design.

Which skills will you need to brush up on? Even though I’ve had some brief training in HTML and read a few books on the subject, I feel my knowledge on the subject is really limited and I am looking forward to learning as much as I can.

Which hardware and software tools do you already have for web design? Which tools do you need to buy? Which tools would you like but eventually? Luckily, I am set on tools! I own a Macbook Pro. I have the Adobe Creative Suite Design & Web additions.

New opportunities…being a graphic designer in a digital age

I have been working as a graphic designer for over a decade and love it.  I love the feel of textured paper and the smell of a newly printed brochure fresh off the press. I love looking at glossy magazines, clever  book designs, interesting direct mail pieces and have shelves full of inspirational design books. However, it has become clear to me that we are living in a digital age and in order to maintain relevance in this industry, it is essential to understand the principles of web development. I admit that as a designer, I find HTML code frustrating, confusing and a bit intimidating. That is probably why I have put off taking courses in the past.

I feel that more and more companies today understand the growing importance of building a strong online presence. They understand that we live in an age of “instant information” and as mobile technology & web applications become more popular, they are going to seek design professionals that not only can provide them with amazing print collateral, they are looking for designers who understand that web applications and web interfaces are the future of advertising. I definitely believe that being fluent in web design and code will make me more marketable in today’s workforce. I am both excited and terrified to embark on this journey but know in the end it will be worth it.

Related Links:

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10 essential skills every graphic designer should have