This is a fairly vague, moany one. Not sure what forum to ask this question on so I’m just going to ask it here.
I’ve been a designer for nearly 16 years and yet I still don’t regard myself as anywhere near as confident as most designers I meet. To be fair, I’m sure most of it is bravado but I often wonder if any of them are plagued by the same self doubt that I so frequently feel crippled by.
Call it ‘imposter syndrome’ or whatever, but it feels as if I’m constantly seeking approval for work I undertake and I very rarely get that approval. I mean, obviously I get paid for the jobs I do but I constantly fear that I’ll be replaced and I wonder what my actual qualities are.
I don’t get criticised much either I should say, but I sometimes get the feeling that this is more a case of people not wishing to say anything to my face than anything else.
I guess I’m just wondering if any of you have ever felt like this and what you did to combat it. And to the designers who have total self-belief - how do you maintain that?
Thanks, and sorry for the whine.