I'll always go back to my first project where I was recruiting users who suffer from a disorder I have called Palmar Hyperhidrosis
and I had less than three days to recruit and
interview people. I posted on social media boards assuming that my common struggles with this disorder helped me score interviews but it didn't. The only people who would respond were those asking for a survey because their confidence was so shaken by this condition.
My only hope was to post a video.
I filmed a video of myself, below eye level, unfiltered and honest. I wore my drawing gloves and started by introducing myself. I admitted I have Palmar Hyperhidrosis. I talked about the things I hate most about this disorder. How I struggle to chop vegetables or thread a needle. And then I talked about why I needed to interview people.
Then all-of-a-sudden I had people lining up for interviews, asking if they can help! I spent the weekend talking to people from the U.S., Poland, Hong Kong, Tokyo about their experiences living with Palmar Hyperhidrosis. Waking up at 3:30am to cater to someone's time. To this day I still have people asking me how this project is going and it makes me so proud because I worked really hard to gain this confidence and to generate awareness behind this frustrating disorder.
Anyway. That took guts. I felt like I could do anything after that project.