I’m the type of person who is always working.
You could say I’m a workaholiclic but I prefer perfectionist with a side of too much ambition.
It’s exhausting but it’s all I’ve ever known, and all I ever hope to know.
I pride myself on my work ethic.
Achieving goals, that is what’s important to me.
When I set a target, I expect to reach it. I’ll give it 110% to ensure that I achieve what I’ve set out to do.
Don’t get me wrong, I am realistic, I know that achieving takes hard-work and dedication, but most of all it takes resilience. When something doesn’t go quite to plan, you get back up and you work harder.
As Aristotle once said “excellence is a habit.”
There’s honestly no point in half-ass-ing anything that you do in life.
The key to being successful in the things that you do is being passionate, because only when you’re truly passionate will you be able to throw yourself wholeheartedly at something.
I remember as a kid, one of my teachers once said to one of my fellow classmates “if the job is worth doing, it’s worth doing properly.”
To this day, this piece of advice is weaved into every aspect of my life. Whether that be in my work life or in my personal life, I always ensure that whatever I am taking on, I am passionate about and that I can give myself to the task fully.
I always ask myself : “is this something that I really want to do?”
and : “is this something that is WORTH doing?”
I’ve had a few instances where I’ve gone ahead and taken something on, thinking that it was something that I really wanted to do, and within weeks I could feel myself loosing interest.
For example, when I turned 16, I really wanted to get myself a job and make myself some money, those were my goals. So, I applied and I got a job, after a few weeks of flipping patties and deep frying apple pies, I realised that the job wasn’t WORTH it. Sure, it was a job and yes, I was making money from it, but it wasn’t something that I was passionate about, so it wasn’t something WORTH doing. That’s why I’ve learnt to always ask myself whether or not I think something is WORTH doing.
You know that old saying “quality over quantity” ? – It’s so damn true.
After quitting that job, I actually ended up being offered a position at my dance studio as a student teacher, which was less hours, more pay, rewarding and something I was passionate about.
If there is no passion, there is no point.
And nothing infuriates me more than seeing people loose hope.
But you know what…? That’s what happens when you give yourself to something that you’re not passionate about.
You start off, everything’s all good and well but eventually, very quickly, you loose your mojo and then you just end up feeling stuck. You want to give up on it but you feel like you have to prove yourself to other people, so you keep on at it even though you’re unable to give it your full, undivided attention. In the end all that you’re doing is making yourself miserable and discrediting yourself.
Always remember that YOU are your BRAND.