Design is a full contact sport – are you ready?

Have you ever been punched in the face? Kicked in the shins or wrestled into submission? It hurts. Strangely enough, the more it happens, the less terrifying it is. This is the gift of conditioning. I've been practicing Krav Maga now for the past few years and contrary to the brutal "no rules" self defense techniques taught, I've learnt more about myself than I ever expected. CONTINUE READING


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How to cope with personal problems while staying focused at work

"I wanted to ask you a personal question – that maybe you might not wish to answer and if that is the case I totally understand and apologize for crossing any lines. You mentioned in your book that you went on a backpacking trip after you had some personal problems. My question is how do you prevent personal or family problems from distracting you in your work and how do you stay focused? CONTINUE READING


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Why it’s important to live uncomfortably

In less than five weeks, I've travelled across over 20 x different cities and delivered 18 x speaking events across the United States. What once was a dream has manifested into reality. I've got plenty more to do during my total three months away from home (Sydney, Australia) and it's safe to say that in between the delightful chaos, I've spent a good chunk of time hanging out with myself.  Every time this alone time sticks it's sneaky head out in the air, there's always a heightened level of reflection. During these moments, the recurring conversation in my head has been about my personal limitations. CONTINUE READING


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The intimacy of design and why it’s so seductive

I'm extremely excited to show you this latest video on what design means to me. I attempt to articulate the key drivers that motivate this enriching lifestyle many of us have fallen in love with. I hope that my passion resonates with all of you as we embark on this beautiful journey of learning together. Before I show you this video, I'd like to keep you in the loop on what I've been working on. CONTINUE READING


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If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up

When was the last time you thought "I used to be fit but got too busy to exercise and eat healthy" or "I used to be quite career driven but lost motivation so things have plateaued". We often get waves of this, I get them a couple times a day, everyday. It could be not getting off the couch when I should go to the gym or not writing a blog post when I feel inspired. Self-sabotage is all too common and it's up to us to put an end to it. But how? Is that really the game changing question... or should we instead ask, "how badly do I want it?" CONTINUE READING


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About Ram Castillo

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Ram is an award winning Design Director, Blogger, top ranking Podcaster, Speaker, CreativeLive.com Instructor and Author of two internationally acclaimed books 'How to get a job as a designer, guaranteed' and 'How to get a mentor as a designer, guaranteed'. He's based in Sydney, Australia and in 2012, started the blog GiantThinkers.com which helps thousands of design students and graduates be employed. Ram has since been featured in Communication Arts, HOW magazine, Herman Miller, deFrost*, AIGA.org and Apple.

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