Doing good work is more than just designing pretty things. It's about thinking before acting, having a team mentality and an individual spirit. I believe in being a person I'd like to work with – so other's will enjoy working with me.
This means getting your hands dirty, not avoiding or pushing off the hard work; sharing successes and keeping a positive attitude in the face of challenges. It also means leading by example and being honest from a place of truth and fact.
Seeing the bigger picture and knowing how the pieces fit together and function is highly important. It helps when planning and expecting the unexpected. Education is a never ending journey and everyone has something to teach.