Listen to everything, but don’t take everything said to heart. Find the truth in the words of your teachers, mentors, and bosses and let the rest go.
People will naturally categorize you, placing you in a mental box based on intuition, initial impression, or sometimes flat judgements. These boxes projected onto you aren’t areas you have to confine yourself to or settle in. In this same vein, taking a role, just like taking a class, is not a commitment to be that thing. You can try things. You can decide, change your mind, and decide anew. You can explore beyond the known boundaries.
Your dimensionality is what makes you real and human. Dimensionality is also the thing that can make your career really yours.
It’s your job to define your space in design — narrow or wide. To explore, learn, and draw lines. To take boundaries as suggestions. It’s nobody else’s role, it’s yours.