Karsten Rowe - Talent is overrated and practice is underrated
Karsten Rowe shares his advice on taking your talent to the next level and building a name for yourself in the industry. This episode includes tips on leveraging underrated skills to get noticed at work, where you will find the most significant growth periods of your career and how to break into mission-driven product design.
Talent is overrated and practice is underrated
In episode 43 of The Product Design Podcast, Seth Coelen interviews Karsten Rowe, Director of Product Design at Axon; a mission-based organization focused on public safety.
During our chat, Karsten shares how he launched his career path, the soft skills he believes are underrated, where he has found the most powerful bursts of career growth, and his advice on breaking into mission-driven product design.
In this article, we will focus on Karsten’s advice on getting started and making a name for yourself in product design!
How to get your break and earn respect in the industry
When you start, there is no way around putting in the hard work and getting your work seen to build a name for yourself. Karsten found in his career that the most significant moments of growth had come when he went for a role that he was not 100% sure he could deliver, but he always found a way through hard work and practice. He shared with us what he thinks is most important when you are getting started in product design.
"Perfect is the highest quality you can get to in the time allowed."
"There's more of a risk of saying no and never getting that opportunity again than saying yes, going and not liking it, and then coming back."
Thank you so much, Karsten!
We are grateful to Karsten for joining us on the show to share so much insight into what matters most as you build a career in product design.
Listen to the complete episode on The Product Design Podcast, which includes what Karsten wishes he would have learned when he was 21, and his advice on breaking into mission-driven product design. Don't forget to follow Karsten on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram to watch what he is up to!
Where to find Karsten
- Twitter: @karstenrowe
- LinkedIn: Karsten Rowe
- Instagram: karstenrowe
- Website: http://karstenrowe.com
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