Discouragement can be a new web designer's greatest enemy. I know this because I'm constantly struggling with it every day. I usually find myself thinking: it's too much to learn, I'm too far behind, I'm not as good as the other guys/girls or I feel like I'm wasting my time. Then I start to second guess myself. All WEBDESIGN of these thoughts pop into my head more than once every day, and it's an ongoing struggle to get past all the doubts and uncertainties.
Is it going to stop you? Will you fight the constant urge to just quit? That decision can only be made by you.
Deciding to start a career in Web Design is the first part. The advantages are very appealing. However, the difficulties of reaching your goal can be misleading. It calls for countless hours in front of a computer, learning, reading tutorials, and trial and error until you get it down. But learning is only the beginning now you have to make a portfolio, and look for work. The competition on free lance job boards is fierce. How is someone with no portfolio supposed to stand out? You don't, free lance job boards are so overcrowded that there is almost always somebody out there with work to show for who will do the job for very cheap leaving you out of luck. You need a portfolio so you do work for free or maybe you get lucky and get to code somebody's design but at the end of the day you're getting discouraged and those ADOBESENSE thoughts keep popping into your head, but you shouldn't quit. The world is yours take it if you want it. So if it's there why not take it?
In this phase of the road to becoming a web designer, I always try to remember these things:
- Don't compare myself to other people.