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Don't Retire, Refire Podcast

Aug 24, 2019

As an experienced graphic designer Grant knows what it's like to create some new, which has not been done before. From an eclectic background starting in the sciences he studied engineering, then gravitated to printing and finally ending up as a graphic designer.  Through this time his skills changed and evolved from drawing on a drawing board to creating on a computer. He shares stories of "adventures in frustration" where he will often not know how to do a task to begin with - draw a horse, use a computer program, design a house - but will start with the attitude of I will succeed.  Then 8 times out of 10 he will fail on the first attempt. At which point he can either give up, or get back on the horse and try it again. Grant talks about the skill of "Controlled Arrogance" that allows him to try, fail, look at what works and doesn’t work, adjust and try again. Eventually he knows that there is a high probability (not guaranteed), that he will succeed.  This is a useful skill for anyone of any age, and particularly relevant for "ReFirees". It's also cumulative and starts with baby steps and grows over time.