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When No One Gives You a Chance, Give Yourself a Chance

Have you ever hoped that a company would hire you, so that you can do what you’re passionate about? SAME. For so long I was adamant about being hired by specific companies, just so I could show them I’m good at what I do. I wanted to prove [to them] I was the right person and that I could deliver great results. But, when I wasn’t given the opportunity, I started to feel as if I wasn’t good enough. What I realized is that I was waiting for someone — a company or person, to validate my skills. When I came to that conclusion, I decided the only person I needed validation from is myself. I gave (and continue to give) myself permission to do everything I want creatively — everything a company didn’t think I was qualified enough to do. I hired my mothafukin’ self.

The Good News:
Whatever it is that you want to be in life, you can achieve it. Make the conscious decision to just become that person. For example, if you want to be a writer — decide you are a writer and act accordingly. What attributes, values and qualities does that person have? A writer might write every day and send out pitches to media outlets or publishing companies, so is that something you will now incorporate into your routine?

We are beyond blessed to live in a time where anything is possible and utterly attainable. If you don’t know how to do something, you can google it, watch a YouTube video or ask someone via social media. The answers are literally at your fingertips.

You don’t need anyone’s permission to start doing what you’re passionate about, whether that means creating your own content or starting your own business.

The Bad News:
You have to want it — badly. You have to be willing to step out of your comfort zone and work pass the false fears. You have to be willing to do your research and figure shit out on your own. You have to be willing to work on it every chance you get. Make it your priority. You have to be willing to make sacrifices — staying in, saving money to invest in yourself/business, etc.

Are you going to keep making excuses for why you’re not living your best life? Are you going to keep coming up with reasons why it’s not the right time or keep telling yourself you’re not ready? Truth is, there will never be a right time and you can’t fully be prepared for everything that will come from creating your own path. I remember when I interviewed Karli Henriquez, she said something that completely stuck with me — she said that if you truly want to do something, you’ll figure it out. Even if that means you quit your job and you have to eat peanut butter sandwiches. How bad do you want it? I’m not saying to quit your job, but don’t stop working towards your goals. Every. Single. Day. Only the strong survive — and by strong I mean those that have been knocked down multiple times and still decide to get up and fight the good fight.

So, from this moment on, who are you going to choose to be?

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