Ep #206: The Value of Design Part 2: Are You a Thinker or a Doer?

The Design You Podcast with Tobi Fairley |

When you think about how you spend most of your time in your business or how you spend your time in your work as a designer or creative, it really comes down to one question: are you a doer or a thinker?

I used to be much more of a doer, but it was never really easy for me. It didn’t feel in alignment with my nature and my skillset to be a doer but I continued to do it anyway. And y’all, it was exhausting. It truly took its toll on me because I’m a visionary at heart. But establishing which one you are can really help you work in a way that aligns with your values.

In this episode, discover the differences between a thinker and a doer and how to establish which one you are. We are all a little of both to some degree, but knowing which one you are in nature can do wonders for your business and completely change the way you work, so I’m exploring it further this week.

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What You'll Learn From This Episode

  • Some different terms and definitions around being a thinker or a doer.
  • How the great resignation has impacted the design industry.
  • A period in time that led us to losing a large part of creativity.
  • How being the doer led me to two bouts of burnout.
  • Why being a doer on a deadline is unsustainable.
  • How to think differently about the design industry as a whole.
  • What we often get wrong in the design industry.
  • How hustle culture and bootstrapping mentality have impacted the way we work in the design industry.

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I help creative women (and a few really progressive dudes) design profit-generating, soul-fulfilling businesses that let them own their schedule, upgrade their life and feel more alive than ever!

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