24 days ago, I managed to get myself drafted to Dribbble.
What the hell is Dribbble and why should I care?
Dribbble is an online platform for designers, developers and other creatives which allows members to showcase and publish small screenshots and sneak peaks of their work.
The thing that makes Dribbble great is that the main users of this platform are well-known, respected designers in the community, who fill it with creative and beautiful shots. But here is the catch: the website doesn’t allow users to register and relies on a closed invitation system instead. This way, they try to ensure that only quality designers can upload their screenshots.
Another great reason why Dribbble is a sought after scene to designers worldwide, is that when you publish your own “shots”, you receive constructive feedback and improvement tips from the best of the best in the web design business.
I decided it was time to have my share of Dribbble’s scrumptious pie!
When I truly discovered what it was all about, I had to jump in FAST! But I had to deal with fierce competition. Too many designers worldwide were begging, nagging and screaming to get Dribbble invites all over the internet. So I had to figure out a way to stand out from the screaming crowd, and get Dribbble users seeking me for an invite, instead of the other way around.
In the midst of stressful deadlines, random yet urgent tasks, and my girlfriend screaming for attention, I invented some free time staying up late from 1 to 5 am, sipping coffee like a total maniac!
At this moment of liberation and pure insanity, I bought the domain name pleaseinvitemetodribbble.com and invented the first ever one-page beg-for-an-invite-to-dribbble website! While designing the website, I was having the time of my life, having a blast with many insider designer jokes and finally coming up with a simple, yet effective website.
- I got into dribbble! Only a few hours after launching the website
- The website got into numerous design blogs, galleries and was instantly retweeted
- By shamelessly plugging this blog and RunAddicts.net, they also received a great amount of click-through hits
- I was congratulated by some of my greatest role models
- My twitter followers tri-folded
- Almost 20.000 pageviews
- 3 Job offers (Sadly all 9-to-5: I kindly declined)
- Inspired other creative designers worldwide to use the same approach
And the best part is that I only invested 4 hours and 30 minutes of precious time on the website.
Ain’t that a great return of investment or what?
This is one of the most impressive plea attempts I have ever seen. A well deserved invite in what looked like less than 24 hours. Nice design too, love the personal touches!
So, how did I crack this idea?
Well, it’s not rocket science! The secret lies in two magical words: Positive Thinking.
This is how I put these words into action:
“I will make it happen”
Whenever I aspire to accomplish something, I create an unshakable belief that I will make it happen. The word “impossible” does not exist in my dictionary. The story above is a living example of how this attitude is magical.
It didn’t matter how out of reach it seemed. It didn’t matter that thousands of designers worldwide have been begging for invites. If I surrendered to the “crowd is right” mentality or “if they can’t do, I can’t do it either” crap, I would have gone nowhere! Instead, I ignored all these “external factors” and focused inwards. My starting point was an insanely confident inner voice screaming: “Davy you will become a Dribbble member!” and the rest is history.
“Ask and you shall receive”
Everyday I’m more and more convinced that this saying is a simple key to success. The problem is that most people don’t know how to ask! Some of them don’t have the faintest idea” what” they want at the first place.
However, the worst trap that most people fall into is that even when they unveil their big dream, they take no action, only because they don’t know “how” to make it happen. Life taught me that you can’t learn how to swim until you put your legs in the water. If you really really really want something, the “how” will reveal itself.
I absolutely wanted to join Dribbble’s “inner circle” and this burning desire ignited some creative and passionate hours, simply because “necessity is the mother of invention”.
Sometimes we are our worst enemies as we create imaginary blocks that hinder the success that we aspire to and deserve.
Not knowing “how” to reach your goal is not your real problem. Not wanting it STRONG enough is!
I have become a proud self-development addict
Not that long ago, but still at an early age I got addicted to self-development books. I devour them passionately and I realise that many untapped treasures lie there. But I don’t settle to reading what others write passively: I put their theories into application and since I started doing that, the results were staggering!
On my quest to become a happier person every day, I discovered that to find real happiness and fulfilment in life, you need to constantly challenge yourself by creating some insanely exciting goals and turning them into a living reality. Only then, you can feel real joy. (Even if the goal is as small as a simple website. What matters the most is how much it excites you!)
Stand out…Break the rules!
Early enough in my life journey, I realized that going with the flow and following the crowd is the shortest recipe to failure! So, when I decided to join Dribbble, I applied the “what if” creative thinking approach and asked myself: “what if I broke the rule and managed to get Dribbble members to reach out for me instead of the opposite?”
As crazy as this question may be, answering it intelligently was my ticket to Dribbble’s glory!
What’s your “positive thinking” version? I can’t wait to read your comments. To our success!