Do you dream about your own unique path instead of working a normal 9-5 job? Maybe being an entrepreneur or a creative venture, simply leading your own life. Well, that’s me, I think about it every day. It’s not easy, it is much more difficult to be unusual, people question your every move. Sometimes you fail, have doubts about where you’re going with a project, and even just feel upset about yourself. When I say, ‘EVERY FAILURE HAS AN OPPORTUNITY IN IT’, it’s a lesson learnt from personal experience. Having the mindset to be a sponge and soak it all up, the good and the bad will take you far. Failure will mean something different to me, than it will you. It is a concept of our own mind, and is something we have to establish within ourselves. I go into a situation open-minded, with the intent to learn and grow; there is no failing at that.
In this noisy digital age we live in, it’s easy to judge ourselves too hard and that kick’s our confidence; the true success lies in knowing your weakness and playing to your strengths. I will stand by the statement ‘IF YOUR DON’T BELIEVE IN YOURSELF HOW WILL ANYONE ELSE’. The best of us all, have insecurities, constantly comparing everything we do, will never allow us to move forward. I struggle with a wide range of things, from dyslexia to simply being insecure getting my picture taken (this shoot was all about pushing my comfort zone). If I allowed those things to consume me, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. So view others living their dream, as proof that it can happen. They once had to put themselves out there, so can you and I.
You create your own life and you belong wherever you want to belong. Knowing what you want and trying to achieve it does come with great challenges. Learning to take on things without being too attached to the results is a great asset. Of course, knowing if the project or idea is worth while is important, but for example stressing over how many hits you get on a post, or how many likes on a picture; are only going to slow you down. Its good to push yourself, creatively and in business, but no matter where you are in life, you’ll save a lot of time by not worrying too much about what other people think about you. Why fit in when you are born to standout, I’ve learnt that I don’t need to be doing what everyone else is, or at every event. When you make yourself a little more exclusive, you bring yourself more value.
I don’t just dream about success, I work for it. Wither people see it or not, I work extremely hard, Retro-Rose is not the only thing I do, but a platform from where I can achieve, what I drive myself to become. I like to be challenged, seeing, reading and engaging in things that help me open my eyes and learn. Recognize what is your passion, your dream, then put everything you have into that. Once you realize that, HUSTLE, HUSTLE, HUSTLE. Not everything will happen at once, learn not to focus on one particular opportunity, which will then blind you to other ones coming up. I am huge ‘Yes’ person, so definitely say yes to things that scare you a little, or things that outside you’re comfort zone. Because you never know who you might meet or what might come from it and the things you will learn.
“THINGS MAY COME TO THOSE WHO WAIT, BUT ONLY THINGS LEFT BY THOSE WHO HUSTLE”
So why not ME or YOU? Though nothing does come easy, success should be set at our own level. There will be stages were people shoot down what you’re trying to achieve, being questioned is a very disheartening situation. You begin to doubt yourself, but the simple answer is that they don’t understand and that doesn’t mean your wrong, we all don’t fit inside tiny tick boxes. There has to be someone to start that business, design that building, or whatever it is your trying to achieve. Never let go of your appetite, to go after new ideas, new experiences and new adventure. Compete with yourself, not with others. Judge yourself on what is your personal best and you’ll accomplish more than you could ever have imagined. Life stops for no one, so keep moving!
Photos :Maria Owens