381: Creative Confidence With Mary Tao

Mary Tao is a multi-disciplinary designer living and working in San Francisco.  She is currently at Amazon working on Creative Confidence With Mary Taomaking Alexa.  Previously, Mary was at Campaign Monitor helping businesses connect meaningfully with their audience via analytics and insights.  Mary also created #100daysofmagicrealism which is an exercise where she drew 100 drawings based on tweets from the @MagicRealismBot twitter account.

Mary talks about how she was able to find her own creativity outside her job which gave her the confidence to create her own projects and create better results at her job in the process.  She also shares her tips that can help you in your own journey to self confidence.


Mary Tao is product designer.

Cultural Background

Mary is of Chinese descent.

Favorite Self Confidence Quote

You only YOLO once.

You only YOLO once.

Definition of Self Confidence

Self confidence depends on the moments and accomplishments.  It’s knowing you’re on the right path and direction.

Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence

Mary was in a space of not confident of being a designer.  She felt like a designer robot.

The “AHA” Moment

Mary started to strive the balance of creativity and compartmentalised.  She differentiated being at work and being on her own which gave her the confidence to be more creative.

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Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence

Mary focuses on what she delivers at work and using her creativity to enhance customer satisfaction.  She is doing her own work outside of the work place.

The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener

Keep taking action.  Practice makes progression on the things you want to be good at and have the confidence that you will better at it.

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