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Creating Your Own Opportunities

An interview with
Meg Lewis

Introduction

If you want to be successful, you can’t just sit around and hope that opportunities will come your way. You need to work to attract them.

As an example, if you want to work on a specific style of work, or in a different speciality such as pattern design, you’re much more likely to attract that type of work if people can see your capabilities. It’s those who take action, and create the work they want to attract that become successful.

Meg Lewis is a great example of someone who takes action. She works hard to attract her own opportunities, which we discuss on this weeks podcast. We also discover how Meg found the confidence to be herself, and how she created a unique personal brand, mixing design, comedy & performance to make the world a happier place.

Meg Lewis is host of Dribbble’s Overtime podcast, and founder of multiple businesses including her own agency, Ghostly Ferns, an international collective of designers and commercial artists, and Full Time You, a personal brand and career fulfilment platform featuring books, online classes, coaching, and free advice.

Meg Lewis Interview Transcription

Ian Paget: I read that when you was younger, you believe that you wasn’t good enough to be successful. And I’m sure there’s listeners out there that will be able to relate with this. But today, the more that you’re being yourself, the more self confident you are. And the more that you’re succeeding as a result. Can you share with us how you went about finding yourself and growing in confidence to become successful in the way that you have done?

Meg Lewis: My goodness, it’s been such a journey and it makes me feel a little bit sad and also great knowing that every human feels this way about themselves. Most people live their whole lives without being confident about who they are and finding out and doing the self discovery they need to do to figure out who they are and what makes them amazing. And so I was just like most other people whenever I was growing up and even at the beginning of my design career, I learned very early on as a kid and as a teen, that anything about me that was different from other people I needed to hide because if I showed it, then people would make fun of me or point that thing out about me. And it would just get me attention in a way that I wasn’t ready for.