How to embrace uncertainty?
I hope I’ve made you look at feedback from a different perspective. Now, let’s talk about embracing uncertainty that might arise. The feeling doesn’t have to be caused by the opinions of others, but anything really.
Design is like art. Some will absolutely love it while others not so much. Even the most valuable paintings in the world are sometimes labeled as boring, uninspiring and too simple. Where’s the truth then? Depends on the subject looking at it.
Never stop being curious
The truth is, if you have passion for your work, you will never lose enthusiasm to discover new ways of doing things. This is associated with natural curiosity. Feeling uncertain is stressful, but it makes you dive deep.
This way, you can discover new trends, learn about your competitors better and figure out the ways to provide a product that your customers will love. What a great opportunity to grow as a professional as well as a person.
Never stop asking questions like “why?” and “what if?” – because these are the ones that will propel you towards innovation and genius ideas. Never stop being honest – don’t ask your customers questions that are focused on making a sale. Ask questions, because you want to understand them better.
Forget the assumptions
Even though our work is more on the creative side, we still have to make short-term and long-term plans, execute and get quick results. It’s natural that in this kind of environment, you seek certainty and make assumptions that provide it to you.
You may assume that you know your customers to the smallest of detail, and sometimes even predict the future. However, if you don’t support the assumptions with real data, consider them useless. You have to go out and test them in the real world. If they prove to be true, you get a feeling of certainty that is lasting and based on facts.
Get used to feeling uncomfortable
Some people avoid the feelings of uncertainty because they dread feeling uncomfortable. As I said in the beginning, you can’t grow unless you step out of your comfort zone. Realize that it's fine when the path in front of you is not that clear. Or when you are not in full control.
Learn to love uncertainty, because it opens doors to infinite possibilities and vast potential for growth. If you’re feeling anxious about a project, think about why you started with it in the first place.
I started with design because I love doing it. Whenever I feel uncomfortable, I think back to these beginnings. This gives me extra motivation to step into the unknown and do my best to keep up.
Building a prototype
The last insight I am going to share with you is a bit more technical. If you feel uncertain about the operation of a design, build it at low cost and release it to the world.
Even the process of prototyping will provide you with inspiration on how to solve problems, how to make the product as accessible to the customers as possible, and what next steps you’re going to take.
Secondly, you will get valuable feedback that will help you make improvements. Just don’t let it get under your skin too much and always trust your instincts. You have everything you need to create amazing designs. The canvas is yours. Now, let’s do some art!