By: Danae Edmonds
I have always been one to believe that I could achieve anything I wanted to. The possibility of things just not working out never really occurred to me, and to be honest, it still doesn’t. That’s not to say that things come naturally to me or that I don’t work hard for them, because I do. I work extremely hard and as a result I believe that anything is possible. There are definitely some frustrations that come along with this way of thinking. One of the things you have to accept is that there are plenty of people who don’t see things the way you do, and that’s totally fine. Well-meaning people will try to tell you that you dream too big or that what you want is unrealistic. People who can be friends, family, professors, or even business partners who don’t get the vision you have for your life. As a dreamer you have to be able to pick out the pieces that are constructive, silence the rest, and push forward, going after what you believe. Not gonna lie, I’ve had my fair share of having to tune out negativity and it can be tough.
Here are the things I keep in mind:
I have to say, the best piece of advice I have ever received was my freshman year of college. “Always be the hardest working person in the room.” Luck runs out, smarts are limited and talent alone isn’t enough to sustain a position at the top. Hard work will win every time.
Try. I know that seems so simple but all to often it becomes easy to count ourselves out before we even try. You know how people say you can’t win the lottery if you never play? Same idea. If you aren’t at least willing to try, the outcome will always be negative.
Don’t waste time explaining. This is a tough one for me. I always feel like I can talk the haters into seeing things my way, and sometimes I actually can. (or they tell me they agree with me to end the conversation.) Either way, for most people seeing is believing and I can show you better than I can tell you so why waste time explaining when you can get to work and they can see for themselves!
Have faith. You have to believe that what you are aiming for is possible yourself, especially if you don’t have loads of support in your corner. I know first hand that this can be tough but its so important. When you don’t give up on yourself and envision the finish line, it makes getting there worth the struggle.
Stay humble. When you make it to your goal, there is no need for “I told you so’s.” (Although they can be satisfying) Just smile, enjoy your moment and then get to work on the next goal. After all, you knew you could do it all along and so did we!