When I grow up I want to…

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As you grow up, you start to dream and think of what and who you want to be. Various factors influence those dreams, such as seeing someone do it, enjoying doing it yourself etc. When we were little we had a career day at school, we had to dress and talk about what we wanted to be when we grew up. The results was uncanny. My best friend at the time wanted to be a waitress, I wanted to be an artist,and my other friend wanted to be a mother. Yes, that’s the dream careers we chose, thank goodness we didn’t follow through.

A lot has happened since then, and I know the type of life and career I want now. I know what I’m passionate about and what I enjoy, and I plan on making a career of it, I have no idea how I’ll do it, but I’m trying, and I encourage everyone to start and to try to reach whatever they wish to be “when they grow up”.

So this is my first time I am trying to be what I really believed I was destined to be. I always knew I was going to do something big with my life to be honest, I never just wanted to be. And I finally started. So here’s what I’ve done so far:

1. Courage

Get the courage to take action. There’s so many voices in your head that will tell you not do it. And you will procrastinate. Don’t postpone any longer. Start.

2. Take action

The first step for me, was to start writing, I was too intimidated by the idea of a YouTube channel. A good place to start your writing is definitely Medium.com. It’s platform that makes it unbelievably easy, and the readers aren’t harsh.

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3. Create a personal brand

I made myself a logo (if you need help with this, I am more than willing to help you out! Let me know!) And then I started by creating a brand presence on every platform I could manage and maintain. I created an Instagram profile, Facebook page, Tumblr account, Medium profile, Depop profile, WordPress blog, Pinterest account and YouTube channel, all of them named Everydayesti. (Feel free to go check them out!)

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4. Consistency

It’s easy to start and as soon as you get busy, face the first negative feedback, or lose inspiration, you stop. You pages die down, and people forget all about the work you’ve been doing. I try to post on Medium and WordPress at least once every two days. And I try to post once or twice daily on my Instagram account. I try to post every two weeks on Youtube (I am still finding my way there) and I am active on all my other platforms as often as possible.

5. Branding

So you’ve created a personal brand, now what to do with it? So my dream is to create my own fashion line, focusing on quality and lifetime guarantee products. So I am in the process of designing a handbag line named Benì. I will use my platforms to make this brand known, without shoving it down my following base’s throat. Thus a separate website will be created to sell this range.

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6. Patience

I have no idea if this going to work, but I’ve learned endlessly from this experience so far, and it has already made it worth it, whether I fail or not.

7. Accept failure, and adjust

I have no idea what I’m doing, but when I see something I did sucked, I change it, and learn what I have to, I adjust, I make the change, and I move forward. No crying, no self doubt, no anger, just action.

So just start, this is my first time, I have no idea what the outcome will be, but I’m doing something I enjoy so much and it doesn’t even feel like work. It would be great if all of us could make a living from the things we love, enjoy and are passionate about. I might not get it right the first time, but all of us need to have a first time. So embrace it, do it, and don’t be afraid of failing.

If you need any advice, feel free to ask me, and I’ll help out where I can. I can’t give advice as a successful entrepreneur, as I am yet to see if all of this works out, but I am more than willing to give you my opinion and view point of you need it.

 

7 thoughts on “When I grow up I want to…

  1. I agree with you that if you want to do anything big in life, it’s going to take courage. One of my favorite books that I’ve ever read is Kon-Tiki which is based on a true story of a guy who basically gets on a log raft and sails across the ocean. That took courage and so I think of what he went through in relation to my life whenever I feel like I don’t have any courage. Consistency is another important idea. I always think of Bruce Lee’s quote where he says, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” It’s better to write one day a week for 365 days then it is to write 365 posts in one day. just my thoughts on those two but I agree with all 7 steps that you’ve taken, great post:)

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