Having six years experience as a professional graphic designer and almost fifteen combined years of Marketing and Advertising experience, I have been fortunate to have many opportunities and challenges presented to me. In overcoming these challenges I’ve learned many invaluable tools in multiple aspects of business and the real world, including time management skills, multi-tasking, meticulous organizational habits, personal and interpersonal skills, teamwork and the value of self-motivation...not to mention an all-important sense of humor. I believe having a sense of humor is a HUGE thing. I've found it is so much easier to work with someone when you can have a good laugh, but also know when to be serious.
A Simple rule of mine is "No Freaking Out!", freaker outers (is that the correct term?) seem to not get the big picture. They focus on the looming deadline, panic when the client wants a change (especially near the deadline) and they cry when someone says "I don't like it". I feel panic breeds a quality of work that is less than ideal. Corners tend to get cut, loose ends remain as sad and lonely fibers not yet intertwined with the whole, clients become ex-potential friends, and graphic designers magically turn into job hunters. Not an ideal situation if I do say so myself.
Of course it also helps to enjoy what you do. After all who would put "their all' into something that they aren't particularly in love with? It’s pretty amazing when you can do something you love for a living! I've been fortunate to work on all kinds of projects, from teeny tiny to very large. From high end to...ahem...low class. They’ve all been an absolute blast and incredible learning experiences. It’s a nice feeling looking forward to the next workday and the next project. I don’t think I could have it any other way.