“The only way you’ll find out if you ‘have it in you’ is to get to work and see if you do” - @cherylstrayed
I’ve been listening to the podcast “How I Built This” by Guy Raz, which tells the journey of innovators, entrepreneurs, & idealists, & how they were able to overcome the challenges they faced as they built up their movement, brand, business, etc.
Throughout the interviews, the three things they all had in common were:
None of them were handed anything on a silver spoon, & most were not good students or didn’t even finish school.
It got me thinking that if you want to disrupt the industry or be innovative, you have to go against the grain & to defy authority, which are usually not traits of people who are the typical “model students” or only follow the rules. Furthermore, those that had to work from the ground up were less afraid to take risks because they had nothing to lose.
But more importantly, it helped me realize that luck & talent play less than I imagined in our journeys; that ultimately, it really does fall on each individual to get to where they want to be.
Even in the toughest times, (which sometimes lasted YEARS), they did not give up on their dreams. If you want it bad enough, you will find a way to get there.
All these stories, though different in industry, followed the common thread of seizing the opportunities that come your way, & never wavering in the face of adversity.
If you’re interested in the podcast, my favorite interviews I’ve listened to so far are the ones on Lonely Planet, Chicken Salad Chick, Kate Spade, & Vice.
, which tells the story of its own creative entrepreneur, Nupur Goenka. At AISH, the craft of creating is bigger than the craftsman, & the end product has its own story, becoming a piece of art, not just a piece of cloth 💖 #aishwoman