Fortune's Brainstorm Tech Conference (beginning today in Aspen, Colo.) regularly brings together the best and brightest minds in tech innovation. Each week, Fortune turns the spotlight on a different conference attendee to offer his or her own personal insight into business, tech, and entrepreneurship. This week, we asked Facebook Director of Design Kate Aronowitz to answer 10 questions about life outside of work, the company she admires most, and industry advice for young entrepreneurs. Her responses follow.
What is the best advice you ever received?
Show up to work with the energy and curiosity of your first day and the honesty of your last.
What would you say to a group of young people looking to enter the tough job market?
You'd be surprised at how many young people I meet who are ultra picky about what they will and won't do. Don't be that person! Be the one who jumps at the opportunity to try something new. Just being a positive and enthusiastic team member will set you apart from the pack.
What would you do if you weren't working at your current job?
I'd love to have the experience of being an apprentice to an established fashion designer, just to get my hands dirty in their work and play a behind the scenes role in planning, designing, and launching a collection.
What is one startup you would have wanted to found?
I'm somewhat biased here, as I know and work with the team, but I would have loved to have started Instagram. It's so simple, visual, and engaging. I love the ability to see what's going on in the world visually and have the power to take beautiful pictures.
What was the most important thing you learned in school?
When I was younger, I was often intimidated by people who just seemed to be naturally talented at things, like the kids who excelled in academics or were really great designers. But as I've grown up I've learned that talent and success are really just the product of hard work. You don't see it, but behind the scenes the best people spend years perfecting their craft, and that's often the real secret to success.