1. Understanding the Grind
The Grind. What is it? It’s an art that is made up of hard work, sweat and tears. My senior year of high school, looking back at it now, seemed like one big emotional roller coaster. I thought I had my whole life planned out until I chose last minute to steer away from following a traditional, safe career path heavily dictated by my parents to choosing to pursue my own passions instead. I also remember there were nights where I would stay up, work late hours, and stress cry because I didn’t know if I had made the right decision. The moment you start embracing the grind is the moment you realize that at your worst, you can only get better, and to use the discouragement while you’re at the bottom are motivation to slingshot yourself to the top.
2. Life is a Marathon, Not a Sprint.
Cliché, I know. But it can’t be more true. Too often we are caught up in the ideology that “When I ace pass test, I will stop being stressed,” or “When I get accepted to university, I will be secure,” or “The day I make a six figure salary, I will be happy.” What’s wrong with this? False fulfillment. From a young age, we are taught to set goals for ourselves, reach them, then repeat. This is obviously necessary for success, but we must put it into perspective. Truth is, after you ace a test, there will always be another one. After you get into university, you will be greeted by a plethora of other responsibilities that will be handed to you. Even some of the wealthiest people in the world are not happy with what they have. In the midst of chasing everything you want in life, don’t forget to be present in experiencing both the difficulties and successes, because in the end that’s what makes life…life.
3. Change Your Mindset
Too often, I find myself stuck in the mindset that the university, the job, the significant other that we are with, defines us. Chasing after a label can wear off after a while and is only skin deep. It took me a while before realizing that success is subjective and can be birthed through hard work from any circumstance. Take Sophia Amoruso, CEO of Nasty Gal as an example. Diagnosed with ADD at a young age and having changed ten schools in her twelve years of life, ended up dropping out of school and committed petty crimes to sustain herself. Instead of letting her circumstances define her, she took advantage of her strengths that leads her to currently running a multi million dollar business. Her company started by selling thrift clothing on eBay living in her pyjamas at her mother’s house.
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