It has been said that the things that are the hardest are the things that are worth doing because nothing ever worth doing is going to be easy.
Speaking from personal experience, I know the above statement to be true! It’s all in how you look at things. I have always been drawn to engage in things that require lots of hard work. I don’t choose them, they choose me. My loves and interests tend to be things that require lots of reading, lots of practice and lots of mental focus. Those three things can discourage a person from even getting involved.
You have to always start with what you love to do, not what you ‘Think’ you should do! You will be most successful at what you are passionate about. Don’t allow yourself to engage in too much thinking about making money from it. Things happen all within the right time. Your focus should be on developing to your fullest potential.
If you don’t have a healthy dose of confidence in yourself, no one else will. It’s starts with you, after all, it will affect how you present what you do. People can smell insecurity and a lack of confidence from a mile away.
Discipline is essential to perfecting any skill. That’s one of the tough ones. I am faced with the decision to put aside everything else to make time for what I love to do the most. There are the important things that we must do daily, but then there are the other ‘Optional’ things that aren’t going to bring us any real value. Those are the things that we need to push aside and get to doing what it is we need to do in order to achieve what we say we want to achieve.
Learn as much as you can about what you’re passionate about. That should involve reading, taking necessary workshops, net working with like minds, and placing yourself in the environment that will be conducive for your growth.
Don’t be afraid of set backs, disappointments or negative feedback. It’s all a part of the process. I worked on a project for four months and submitted it for evaluation only to be told to change my approach and follow the suggestions given. I could have walked away discouraged with the desire to give up, but instead, I decided to take a few months to work on the weak areas and start the process again to resubmit my work. Did I want to do it? No! Did I have to do it? No! So why bother? I did what was suggested because the persons who were evaluating me were some of the best in the field. I knew that they knew their stuff and wanted me to work a little harder because they saw the passion I had for it. As a result, I became better. I learned a lot and am benefitting from the hard work that I put in.
Always remember, nothing that is ever worth it will come easy! You don’t want it to be easy! You now have the opportunity to learn, to grow, and to develop to your full potential. It is healthy to grow, and it’s healthy to be challenged! Without challenges, there’s very little left to motivate you; and you definitely need all the motivation you can get. There will be days when you want to hang it up, and days when you’ll ask yourself, “What was I thinking when I took this on?” That’s all par for the course, so hang in there!