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Why You Should Treat Every Project Personally

When I think back to college I think of late late nights working in the Architecture building before dragging myself out of the studio in the morning to get to the lecture hall in time for class.

I poured hours upon hours of time and energy into my projects, just to stand up in front of a group of critics to listen to them…uhh, criticize…this or comment on that. Every presentation was so nerve-wracking, and every negative comment was like a knife to the heart.

The praise though. The praise was validation for every late night, every computer crash that lost you hours of work, every sliced finger while building the perfect model…it was all worth it.

Why? Because we poured out heart and souls into our projects. They were like our babies, and we took every comment – whether positive or negative – extremely personally.

This is what made them powerful. The care, the thought, the study behind every project made them stronger…made them better.

While I have found my passion for design in a different niche than Architecture, I put no less of myself into my projects. When I turn them over to the client it's like turning over a little piece of myself.

This is how you should approach every task, every project and every job. Especially the ones you don’t want to do. Embrace them wholeheartedly.

“But I find that for myself, without exception, the more I deal with the work as something that is my own, as something that is personal, the more successful it is.” Marian Bantjes

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