Jon Newman
What difficulties did you face at the beginning of your career?
To be honest, my own ego. I wasn’t humble enough and I thought I should be the lead designer on every project. In time I learned to shelve my ego for the betterment of the team and projects. (I poked fun at this in my studio announcement)
What should a young designer do in order not to get hired by anybody?
Have a bad attitude, re-read the first question.
Are there any things you wish you knew at the beginning of your career?
Don’t wait for the perfect assignment to come along. Make the work you want to be doing for yourself.
Are there any rules or habits that help you do your job more efficiently?
Use a timer. Set it hourly. Seriously.
Would you recommend some books that young designers might find useful?
This is an entertaining and helpful read: How to be a Graphic Designer, Without Losing Your Soul  by Adrian Shaughnessy. This is one you just need to read: Talent Is Not Enough, Business Secrets for Designers  by Shel Perkins.
Jon answered the questions on May 25, 2014.
The answers were published on May 26, 2014.