I feel like I say this every year, but I really can’t believe we’re already in Q4 of 2017!
Two years with Zanita have truly flown by and I can’t even remember what I was carping about back in October 2015! Many things have changed since – most notably my age… I’ve gotten a little older, wiser, and more experienced. The one thing I’ve become less concerned about these days is getting older – and I think that’s one of the beauties about being in your late 20s… Sure, I’ve acquired more facial lines, a bunch of pigmentation, and bags under my eyes, but life is so much more than that. All these superficial things that mattered previously suddenly don’t matter anymore. Beyond that, there are so many other things to revel in – here are the best:
Opinions matter less.
Everyone talks about doing you and ignoring the rest, but I think executing this mindset in your early 20s is extremely hard – and even up to your mid 20s. Maybe a few of you do this terribly well; however, I was not one of you…
It probably explains why I’m such a late bloomer in the industry. I can honestly say that it wasn’t exactly until this past summer that I just stopped caring about what everyone else had to say… And even if they chimed in, I let it in one ear and out the other… It takes talent and commitment to be able to drown out the chaos and negativity, but there is tremendous value in not letting opinions sway your decisions or actions.
You recognize the value of commitment.
In an era of instant gratification and immediate results, it’s hard not to be disappointed in a shortfall of overnight results. I have also been one of those…being terribly hard on myself because something I intensely desired didn’t manifest as quickly as I had hoped. That being said, I remained committed but still dreaded the moment and plunged in negative self-talk at any given moment. However, I can affirm with certainty that commitment pays off where talent doesn’t. Your time will come if you stay committed. The sad thing is very few people can commit to the process over a long period of time. Luckily, you still have time…
Failing becomes ok…
No one wants to fail ever, but hey it happens – and it’s necessary to keep you humble. You know that saying “never let success get to your head and never let failure get to your heart” – #truth! Rejection and failure – it’s all a part of the process that anyone who’s where they want to be now has experienced at one point or another. In your late 20s, you begin to value the notion of sometimes winning and sometimes losing… A loss is an opportunity to do better next time.
The best part about failing is that you always do better. Success is the culmination of overcoming all your failures one by one.
Action is everything.
Sure, it’s great to have wonderful ideas all day long, but those ideas aren’t going to get you anywhere if they’re just fixated in your head… At some point, you have to start doing something. When you’re young, it’s easy to think, “I’ll wait til next week…” or “I have until I’m 25″… No. Action starts now. I was once told that people become less ambitious with age. That thought alone scared the shit out of me and I vowed to always make a conscious effort to take action even if I felt too old… Complacency kills!
What are you waiting for?