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Finding your voice

3 min, 56 sec read
14:59 PM | 7 March 2014
by Jim Compton-hall
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Veteran designer Matt Gypps discusses our unhealthy obession with overnight success and the importance of just gaining experience until you can find your own voice.

To those of you just starting out on your careers it may seem like there’s an amazing amount of pressure to be successful from the get go. Who can blame you? We’re constantly bombarded with a stream of success stories and high-profile app acquisitions for millions (or even billions) of dollars. This rags-to-riches type of story is not only limited to the creative industries either. Reality TV has also done much to promote the idea that fortune and fame are only a heartbeat away.

"Merely living our lives as a “normal” person doesn’t seem enough."

Is there a problem with this though? Surely it reflects the chances that we’ve all got? Unfortunately not. This culture has done little to reflect the enormous amount of hard work that it takes to be something. Instead it promotes quick wins. Impatience. Come up with a good idea and millions are yours. Appear on the right reality show, build your public profile, and again you’ve made it.

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