If you knew me while I was attending university I was always the one on a mission, but unlike James Bond, I was no secret agent nor did I ever jump off of buildings. I was on missions to inspire, to educate and learn. Every now and then I get asked by people how did I manage being involved in a number of different activities and yet, remained the happy person I am. My response to them came in the form of three key objectives:
1. Be Authentic
DO YOU, a phrase I like to tell people even up to this day. What I mean is be honest with yourself and seek out your strengths, weaknesses, pet peeves, and all that makes you, YOU. It is great to have role models or to inspire to have the same qualities as someone else, but never try to be that someone else. Everyone thinks differently, looks a certain way and has a unique trait that separates them from the crowd so I say, embrace that part of you and focus on how you can contribute to the community. Be fearlessly authentic – it makes this world that much more colourful!
2. Engage in Your Passions
Once you reflect and discover more about yourself you will soon realize what you love to do and what you would rather not be involved in. In my final year of undergrad, I had a mission to graduate with no regrets and so, I had a full course load, a part-time job in my College, two placements, and led a student organization, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). I was able to keep myself motivated and continue working because I truly enjoyed what I was doing.
As for my job, I was able to be a mentor to first year students and provide them with academic help. Through my placements, I gained some invaluable experience both in government and the non-profit sector. I also had the opportunity to influence and inspire others in paying it forward by helping children around the world through UNICEF.
All the hard work and effort you put into something is all worth it when you love the work you do at the end of the day.
3. Keep Hustling
One advice I always told my mentees was to stay engaged and always be open to new opportunities. When you fail to complete a task or make a mistake do not let that define who you are or discourage you from moving forward. Failure is merely one step closer to success. It allows you to recognize, accept, and learn from your mistakes, which ultimately, helps you to become a better version of yourself. We are only humans and no person is perfect – it is inevitable we will make mistakes. What is important though, is that we persevere past our downfalls and look forward to plan for the future.
Ask yourself these questions:
- What are my short and long term goals?
- What are the steps I need to take in order to reach my goals?
- Who can help me grow and guide me to where I want to be?
Strive for success and believe you deserve to have it. Wake up with a positive attitude, create goals and reach them! Remember, Good Things Happen to Those Who Hustle, so keep on hustling and don’t forget to smile along the way! 🙂