It’s also not true. You’re not an “aspiring” designer.
Everyone is “aspiring” to work.
Yes, you’re currently aspiring to work in design, but you’re not an aspiring designer. If you’re designing every day, learning it, studying it, reading about it, writing about it: you’re a designer. You’re doing it.
Removing limiting language from your vernacular changes how you’re viewed by others and yourself.
This issue persists due to our current market. It’s competitive. This intense competition erodes the confidence of new and budding designers. It’s daunting to confidently say you’re a designer when you’ve not done paid design work yet. Imposter syndrome is aggressive.
The negative quantifiers we associate with ourselves come from fear and a lack of confidence. In an industry with so much talent, and new information to learn every day it’s tough to feel confident.
Removing limiting language from your vernacular changes how you’re viewed by others and yourself. Without these quantifiers, you’ll notice your judgment on your skills will change. Speaking more definitively about who you are, what you do and the value you bring to the table will have a positive effect on how you navigate the early parts of this career.
Stop viewing yourself as hoping, wishing and aspiring. Start viewing yourself as doing, working and creating.