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You can't design in a vacuum. Feedback, networking and developing your social skills are part and parcel of the design profession. Plus, you can get a lot of advice on how not to ambush your clients, whether or not to take on spec work, and how to NOT give away the farm on your next project. Join a local or national graphics guild. Go to Chamber meetings. Join a local art organization. Take classes. You're never too old or so smart to learn about new people or skills.