This past weekend I got the chance to go visit my brother in Vancouver who I hardly ever get to see. We had such a great time together. He is a very unique person. He and my other brother are so, so very driven with every little thing they do. It is so refreshing to have that much motivation in my life.
One of my things in life that my hold me back is my “comfort zone”. That is a place I love to stay. It scares me to try new things. Also, I find it difficult stay committed to something if I’m not seeing any benefits or progression. On the drive home from visiting my brother, I was listening to a podcast titled “Raise your hand. Say yes.” The objective of the podcast was to say yes to anything that comes your way and simply figure it out later rather than doing what we usually do, which is trying to figure and plan the outcome or how we are going to tackle the specific situation prior to actually committing. Then we may physc our selves out from the situation and convince ourselves it isn’t a good idea. No matter what the outcome of the situation, we will always benefit by having it as a learning curve in life. You will always have the wisdom of that situation to refer to for yourself and to also help guide others that may come to that situation in their life. Every eerie, difficult and anxiety creating situation in life…those are the ones you need to take a hold of. Always say yes. Try new things and do your gosh darn best at those new things. They will be the small stepping stones to an exciting life. That comfort zone will keep you content with life, yes, but there will be no thrill, not much learning and there could be regrets when your ninety years old sitting in your house you grew up in that you were “comfortable” with, living in the same town you never wanted to move from and still eating a PB&J because you didn’t want to try new foods.
Alex, my brother, told me a quote by Will Smith that will resonate with my from that day on.
“You don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say ‘I’m going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that’s ever been built.’ You don’t start there. You say, ‘I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid. You do that every single day. And soon you have a wall.” -Will Smith
All those little things in life that you think are tedious and may not benefit you in the long run…They will. Everyone starts from absolute scratch. Some people, yes, they have it handed to them or may just get lucky and be discovered for some crazy talent that they have. But the hard work that other successful people do that began with absolutely nothing and just a whole lot of determination and passion…the satisfaction and appreciation they feel from their work is probably an incredible feeling. Let the success come to you. Do not get caught up in the money world. Just make sure you are doing something you truly enjoy and do it with all you have.
For all you fashion loving people out there who want motivation to have great success, there is a book I read that I did not want to put down for one second. I read it every second I had free. It’s about the founder of Nasty Gal, Sophia Amoruso. She tells her story from the beginning. She began an eBay store in tiny little apartment where she had to share with five or six other roommates to make the rent as cheap as sixty dollars/month. She has worked her fashionable little tush off and now she is the proud owner of a multimillion dollar business where she has 350 employees working for her. Please do yourself a favour and read this book.
Do not wait for the moment to come to you. Create the moments to come for yourself.
xx, Join me on this journey. Live a fulfilled life and take chances. Every single opportunity the universe brings to you…say yes.