I was following up with a student after the Design an Idea class. She said she wanted to be a designer. My eyes big and bright, "Super, design is a great profession." She continued explaining that she enjoyed making things with her hands. I just need to figure out the money part." My mouth formed into a sideways heart. If you don't know how that looks, try it right now...it's pretty much like mouth yoga forming into quite an inquisitive look. "Are you thinking you might want a business or to make money? I think I threw her for a real loop by the look she gave back in return. A passion to make things with your hands means you like making things with your hands. There is often an assumption, but there is no correlation between you making things and you making that into a business. If you'd like to make money by selling your products, that means you take money for them. It doesn't make you are an entrepreneur. Reflect on the definition of the term and your own intention or vision for your life.
Do you like to design or are you a designer? These reflections led me to write this list of the most unfair...but realistic understandings of our profession and the creative industry. It's where we make assumptions and correlations where there are none. Often time we think 8000 steps before we actually arrive. Acknowledging where we are at, during this moment, is important to understand where you might want to be later.