This has been circulating the interwebs for a couple days, but it's so vital that I thought it should be posted here as well. Michael Bierut, star design partner at Pentagram, spoke at the January get-together of CreativeMornings, a New York presentation series. Anyways, what he covers applies to each and every one of us. Some very insightful things to keep in mind here, such as when he talks about little kinds of courage that make a huge difference. Courage to possibly talk clients out of work they don't need. Courage to send them updates on work after it's been approved, if you think it works better. Sometimes counter-intuitive, often self-effacing, and always honest -- this is worth the time to watch it.
Just maybe don't do it on your clients' time.