- Do more than you have to, especially when you’re first starting out. Don’t just do the bare minimum and call it a day.
- Always find people who will challenge you to improve. Never surround yourself around those don’t care if you stay stagnant.
- Ask hard questions. Learn how to. And when you get an answer, listen. Sometimes you might not get an answer or you’ll get a no. That’s okay.
- Don’t try to be perfect. The world won’t end if you mess up or make a mistake.
- You’re not above anything or anyone. Kindness goes a long way.
- Deliver on time. Fulfill your end of the deal. If you make a promise, keep it. If you can’t, don’t make one.
- Chase down chances. No one’s going to hand you anything.
- Be willing. You may not be the best or the brightest. But if you’re willing to put in the time and effort to get better, you’ll go a long way.
- Show up and have something to show. Show up on time. Better yet, be early to events, meetings, etc.
- Trust the process. It’s a long journey. Keep grinding. Trust your work ethic. Stop making excuses. Stop complaining. Put your head down and hustle. Do the work. Get it done.
- Differentiate yourself. Embrace your differences. Stand out from the rest of the crowd. You’re not anyone else, so be the best version of yourself.
There’s so much in this world that you can’t control. But you can control your work ethic.
Work hard. Work harder than anyone else you know.
Believe in your work ethic. Believe in yourself.
Put in the time. Pay your dues. You’ll be rewarded soon.
The journey you’re on is beautiful, but it’s also ugly. Keep going.
You will fall down, and when you do, get back up. Brush the dust off. Wipe the dirt away.
You will laugh. You will cry. The lows will make you appreciate the highs.
You’re not alone. You’re not on your own. Others have been there or are there right now.
Share your burdens. You don’t have to bear it all.
Make sure you continue to grow. There’s always more to learn.
You’re doing just fine. You’ll be all right.
Do what you want. Do what you love. Do things your way. Do things on your terms.
Love people, places. Don’t hate. Stop feeling ashamed for loving anyone or anything.
Never settle. Always remember you deserve the best.
Respect yourself first and foremost. You are who you are.
Your scars may fade, but they’ll never go away. You remember. They are a reminder.
Live the life you deserve to live. You don’t need anyone’s permission. You don’t need everyone’s approval.
Learn to forgive yourself for messing up. The world won’t end if you make a mistake. After all, your past doesn’t dictate your future. It gets worse before it gets better.
Walk a mile in other shoes, even and especially ones that don’t fit you.
Have hope. Be positive when negativity arises. Find your confidence when you lose it.
Dig deep. Go deeper. Believe in your work, your ethic, and your work ethic.
Now that I’m a year older, here are some things I want to tell my younger self.
- You’re not nice. Especially to yourself. Be kinder.
- Pay attention to your posture. Sit up straight. It’s not that hard, Herminia.
- You will fail. That’s inevitable. Unless you don’t try, which is even worse.
- It’s OK to cry. Even and especially when you have no idea why you’re crying in the first place.
- You’re allowed to ask for help. Oftentimes you have little or nothing to lose but a lot to gain.
- Listen to your body. If you’re tired, sleep. If you’re hungry, eat. After all, you only have one heart, one brain.
- You don’t have to love everything. Don’t hate everything either.
- Numbers will never define you. They aren’t a measure of your self-worth.
- Always challenge yourself. Step outside of your comfort zone. That’s how you’ll grow.
- Try to focus on the positives rather than the negatives. Be realistic though.
- You can’t live someone else’s life. You can, however, live your own.
- Don’t be too stubborn, but do you stand your ground. Otherwise, people will walk all over you.
- You’re going to be OK. You might not feel fine right now. Yet one day, you will.
I tend to fall in love with something and then turn the thing into work.
But it’s important to love what you do.
I start doing for the wrong reasons. And then my passions stop being enjoyable.
For me, I write not for the sake of writing but because I love the creative process. So even if I never make it as a writer, I’ll still spend my life working away on a story or twenty thousand.
Same goes for blogging. Every time I think about my passions, I realize I’ve stuck with them because I don’t need external rewards to motivate me to keep going.
It’s enough that I enjoy creating characters, sharing stories, visiting worlds.
I hope I get to do what I love for the rest of my life.
At the very least, I know what I don’t love. I try to avoid the stuff I despise as much as possible.
I’ve been thinking about how I’ll make money doing what I love, how I’ll make a living.
A part of me believes if you work hard and you do what you’re doing out of love, you can’t really go wrong.
Life’s too short, but it’s also too long if you don’t enjoy your time on earth.
Don’t be too hard on yourself. You’re going to make mistakes just like everybody else. That’s okay. You’re going to be all right.
Every storm ends. Every moment passes. Cherish what you have. Remember to laugh. Don’t forget to love. Keep going even when you think you can’t. Good luck. Believe in yourself and your abilities. It’s the least you can do.
It isn’t that late right now.
And this isn’t exactly writing advice so much as it is life advice.
But just go with it. Appease me, please.
Don’t take criticism to heart but take it to your mind. Filter the useful from the useless. Analyze the feedback. Tame your large ego if you have one like me so you can improve without feeling like the world is conspiring against you.
Focus on the process, the journey rather than obsess over the final product or result. Do that and you’ll drown in happiness. Contentment.
You’re going to write a lot of bad stuff before you can write something good. I stare at a sticky note that says “failure is preparation for success” every day.
I hope I’m still making sense.
- Don’t try to be perfect. I’ve heard this many times before. Still, that doesn’t make me stop trying.
- Finish everything you start. I know I’ve preached this many times before. Nevertheless, I am only human. I make mistakes too, you know.
- Seek out a mentor. I should find myself a mentor. However every time I do, the relationship usually wanes. Thus, I’ve sort of given up on the quest to search for a mentor.
- Keep up with news every day. I used to be good at this. Well, I did read the newspaper every day. Too bad I let a good habit die.
- Stay relevant. I’m aware this is applicable to number four, but relevance is applicable to writing too. Then again, I like having the freedom to write whatever the heck I want.
- Devise a plan. I’ll admit I plan about seventy percent of the time. The other thirty is reserved for spontaneity.
- Make connections with people. I am absolutely the worst at networking. I flinch when I hear that word. Sorry for being an awkward person. I didn’t think awkwardness was wrong.
- Strive for a balance between work and play. I would hope that I can balance both by now since I’m a teen blogger and all. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
Contrary to what I’ve witnessed, this industry is not for quitters.
You must work to succeed in the writing world. More importantly, you need to love the work. The more you love writing, the more you will write. The more you love writing, the less likely you are to give up. Understood?
If there is one thing you can learn from reading my blog, I hope it is this:
Finish what you start.
End what you begin.
Conclude what you commence.
Remember the worst thing you write is still better than the best thing you didn’t write. Which really means you do not have an excuse to be a quitter.