I want you to know that I'm proud of you. I'm proud of you for having the courage to follow the heart. When no one else will give you reassurance that you're doing the right thing - leaving behind conventional routes to do you own thing - I do.
As we reach for bigger and bigger things in ours lives, fears are guaranteed to come up.
At this crucial point, you can either give up or go forward. But I know that if you're reading this, you're the type who WANTS to go forward so I wanted to share some special tips today.
The Terror Barrier is this concept that when you are trying to change your life, there is a mental barrier to you must break through. You have to completely change the way you think about your life and what is possible. You have to break a LOT of old habits and unconscious ways of thinking. When you first try to do this, you subconscious mind FREAKS out. It will make you worry and convince you to that it's too painful, not gonna work, etc.
Let me explain: (I prefer to be transparent. A lot of people make it look like success comes to me easy, but I always find inspiration from learning the behind-the-scenes of people's lives, so here we go!)
Young people are not meant to be sitting in cubicles. We're meant to out THERE, making an impact, energized by our passions and inspiring others. We're meant to be travelling to all corners of the world and collaborating with like-minded young leaders. What's stopping you from being free?
When I was in university, I told myself telling myself countless times, I can’t wait till I’m out of here! Then I can devote ALL my time to growing this blog! Of course, now that I’m done uni, I realize that it’s not that simple. It’s been hard to manage my schedule and learn to prioritize while I am creating a never-ending list of things to do.
For the last several weeks, I couldn’t seem to get much done, no matter how hard I beat my keyboard. I tried different time management tactics - Pomodoro, scheduling software, changing my environment - but nothing stuck.
Even with calming meditation music on, I couldn’t focus. I would start one thing and get sidetracked again and again, until next thing you know, I go from writing a blog to editing my LinkedIn Profile to cutting the grass!
After several weeks of spiralling in and out, I’ve finally got some answers.
I just got home from a week of famjams at the cottage. In between some good ol' sibling bickering, swimming in the lake and gorging myself on s'mores, I got a reminder to practice what I preach.
On our way out of the Sunday morning chapel, a guy comes to chat with the one Asian family. Turns out he works for a nonprofit organization that runs a massive humanitarian ocean cruise liner. People stay on it for 2 years as volunteers, traveling the world and helping out in every capacity imaginable. I was hooked. I want to do that.
I'm conflicted. My problem is that I'm trying to create my own dream career and live my passionate life while telling you how to live yours.
So I'm making a declaration today that I will not try to tell you how to live your life. I'll just tell you what's working for me. (Honestly, this is what I've been doing all along, but I feel better making it clear to you :) I only ever share things that have personally worked for me.)
Here goes: I have seriously down days. At various points in my life I thought I must have bipolar disorder, PMDD (aka. severe PMS), SAD ( aka. severe winter blues) or depression.
In my efforts to alleviate my moodiness, I went on birth control pills, cleaned up my diet, became vegetarian and even escaped last winter by jetting off to Singapore. Some things worked, but nothing for very long.
Now I just face it, the ups and downs are part of the human condition. (Not to mention, starting a business makes highs higher and the lows lower.) The point of life though is to ride the waves, not to numb it all out.
I can't be "successful" until I find a world-class mentor. She (or he) will be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company and she'll catapult me to the stratosphere with her influential contacts and sage advice.
I want you to know that you can live so passionately that you bounce out of bed at 5am excited to face the day. It's not always easy, pretty or uncaffeinated, but it's worth it. With your smarts, our savvy strategy and good TPP company, you can be infinitely wealthy, happy and fulfilled.
I'm not just saying it. I've seen it happen again and again, and it'll happen for us too.
My Insights: I’m tired of hearing about how Millennials/Gen Y, aka. WE, are lazy, narcissistic and apathetic.
So far, I’ve travelled to and worked in 17 countries. I maxed out every opportunity during my university years to travel by working, volunteering, interning, researching, teaching and studying abroad. I can say from first-hand experience that young people from North America to Europe to Africa are Digital Natives and Global Citizens who are working to create a better world.