Dribbble Debut Shot

Today, I finally decided to get my debut Dribbble shot out to the Dribbble community.  For most, it is really no big deal, but as I mentioned in my Achievement unlocked blog post towards the end of last year to be a player in the game of Dribbble, you need to be invited by another ‘player’. A player who deems your design skills worthy to join this ‘elite’ social network of arguably the best designers in the world.

Dribbble Debut Shot
My Dribbble debut shot

A debut shot, is the first shot or image upload that gets placed in the debut category, where all designers can go welcome the newbies. It is exciting how the team at Dribbble have set up the ‘Debut’ feature because you basically get ‘one shot’ to make your mark. The image above was my final design. Literally after weeks of scanning the net for inspiration on to create the perfect shot. I realized that it would be best to stick with what I know and that is layout or Product design.

After the dust has settled. I learned that you should not let any ‘title’ or achievement or status define you. Be happy with who you are and challenge yourself. Do not compare yourself to others but embrace your weaknesses and own your strengths. Live life to the fullest and enjoy the journey.

After receiving my sorely sought after Dribbble invite, I made it! I won! I did it! Finally… But you know what? I went to bed that night and still woke up the same person the following day. Make goals, improve your life, keep learning but don’t let those goals define you.

If you want to see my first debut in the wild (currently sitting on 11 12 likes ), click here.


2017 a Winner of a Year!

Before January comes to an end. I wanted to write a short blog post of why 2017 was one of the best years of my life.

Here is a list of things I did in 2017 (worth mentioning):

  • Finally. Made Progress with my GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
  • Climbed Table Mountain
  • Bought my first MackBook Pro
  • Travelled to a new continent (Australia)
  • Travelled the Garden Route
  • Took up Mountain Biking
  • Completed a grueling (at least for me) 45km MTB Race.
  • Landed a dream remote job.
  • Attended 2x WordCamps
  • Involved in organising 2x WordCamps
  • Did a WordCamp Talk
  • Launched a WordPress Plugin
  • Got 5 new WordPress.org badges.
  • Launched my new website
  • Got into a morning routine
  • Regular Gym
  • Walked the Tsitsikama Bridge
  • Sang in front of 450 people
  • Played music in a band in front of a live audience
  • Got involved where it mattered
  • Made new friends
  • Hung out more with my family
  • Climbed the tallest building in town to put up a WiFi tower.
  • Saw a Koala Bear
  • Touched a Kangaroo
  • Saw the Sydney Opera House
  • Got a Dribbble invite
  • Extensive South African Travels.

What I learned in 2017

  • I love entrepreneurship.
  • Helping people and others heal you. It takes you out of your own problems and once you are out of them. You see how small they actually are.
  • Do things for people around you.
  • Anxiety is a totally false perceived reality
  • You can do WAY more than when you think you can. When you think you’re done, you are only 40% in.
  •  Video Editing, Sound Recording and Tutorial making
  • It doesn’t matter what you feel. It matters what you decide.
  • Ideas are cheap. Execution is everything.
  • Norwegian (in Progress).
  • You can be SO BUSY with all the wrong, insignificant things. Do things that help you get to your goals as quickly and effectively as possible.

Looking forward to 2018

Achievement Unlocked — Become a Real Designer

I have officially been “drafted” to become a player in the dribbble.com community. Don’t feel bad if you have no idea what I just said, here let me explain:

Dribbble is an online community and social media network for designers. Anyone is free to visit and browse different designers and their work on on the platform BUT, in order for designers to actually get a chance to share or upload their work, they will need to get invited(drafted) by a previously invited and active designer(player).

Invitations are very limited and many designers try for years, sometimes resorting to begging for an invite from a Player. Because each player only gets a limited amount of invitations, they will only draft players whom they believe, really deserve to be in this elite designer ‘club’.

It has been somewhat of a dream/goal/bucket list item of mine to one day get a chance to share my work on Dribbble.com. In some ways, this seems like the “I have arrived” for many designers.

Earlier this year, I met a really great guy, Daine Mawer (we did a panel talk together at WordCamp JHB 2017), who I later found to be “Player” in the Dribbble community. Naturally, I got in touch with Daine and we started chatting. I asked him for more information on becoming a ‘Player’ followed by a bit of a:

“So, do you have any invites that you’re willing to part with #TongueInCheek”.

Daine, politely said he would check if he did and that if he did have any, it was sure to be mine (yay)!

Minutes after our Slack conversation, something dawned on me. You only get one shot(pun intended) at being drafted.

Sure, it would be great if my new friend drafted me into this club, I would be in and I could add the cool little basketball social media icon to all of my other social media accounts and website.

But, I wouldn’t have earned it.

I never wrote back to Daine, but I decided then and there that if I was sent an invite, I would have just deleted it. I wanted to earn it.

To prove myself. To myself.

Imposter Syndrome is a real thing

Being a self-taught designer is a great achievement in itself. However, for many (including myself), there is a little voice in the back of your head often reminding you that you, might not be a “real” designer. You didn’t formally learn how to illustrate or conceptualize and most certainly didn’t learn about the Golden Ration when working with your designs. Imposter Syndrome is also not limited to designers (self-taught or otherwise).

I am not saying that every designer needs to prove themselves. As much as I like the title of this post, getting drafted by a player to join Dribbble does not make you a “real” designer. It was truly amazing to get this invitation and I am deeply thankful to Singaraja Design for selecting my portfolio out of all the applicants that he saw but, it is important to know or learn to know that —

You are enough.

You are unique and you bring something to the playing field that no one else can. No matter your experience, knowledge or design capabilities.

You and I will never be good at every single thing we do. We will make mistakes and hopefully, learn from them. We will improve. We will fail again. We will get better.

I am still the same person I was before I hit that Pink “Accept Invitation” button that was waiting for me in my inbox. I still have to overcome the obstacles that I faced before I accepted the invitation. I already had to remind myself that I am enough and that I will never “Make It” or feel like “I have arrived”.

Life is a Journey and I plan to keep “leveling up”.

Here’s to you out there, the one reading this that feels inadequate, lost and overwhelmed.

You are enough.

Website: www.travislima.com | Twitter: @travislima | Dribbble(whoo hoo): @travislima

Customer Support#1

I never thought I would work in “Customer Support”.

Then again(despite being told otherwise), I never thought I would be able to teach myself to design, learn to code or wake up every morning only to shuffle along a few feet to home office, coffee in hand, and start my day feeling happy and excited to be working with the greatest team at the best company ever. I am so thankful.

Working in a support position can be tough at times. But, on the days when you get a reply from a customer similar to:

“Thank you very much for your help! I used the code provided and it worked perfectly. 🙂”

There is not much else that can beat that.