A week ago, in honor of Women’s Day, I posted a picture of our creative director because I wanted to show how much I appreciate her commitment to Breaking Boundaries. Because of all the appreciation going around, I got to thinking how I can effectively demonstrate gratitude to those around me. I didn’t want to be one of those people who forget those who have helped them along the way.
“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” – Sir Isaac Newton
One of our goals here at Breaking Boundaries is to feature businesses or people who are challenging their limits. We want to put the spotlight on those who are so passionate and driven about what they do that they start creating positive ripple effects in their community. I first heard about Brenda, one of the founders of House of Gains in Jersey City, from a mutual friend on Facebook. She posted a status about Brenda’s accomplishments and I immediately thought she would be a great example to BB’s community.
If you guys need to know one thing about me, it’s that I have a difficult time starting anything new. Well, starting anything new in writing, anyway. Throughout my high school and college career, I’ve managed to turn 1-2 hour essays into a whole day event that would end with a sub-par introduction. Barely an introduction, if I’m being honest. Not only that, but that said introduction will probably be revised 3 or 4 more times before I am fully satisfied with it or I realize that I’ve run out of time to edit and I leave it as is. I’m not sure if the hesitation comes from feeling like a failure at creating an impactful introduction. After all, the introduction is supposed to hook your readers, right?
I’ve written multiple posts about having the courage to step out and follow your own path. I know many of you are well on your way or are already on journeys of your own choosing. I am also aware that some might be hesitating because they’re worried about what others might think. For some, having to fight off bad vibes might be too much to deal with, so they choose to not create waves.
Anytime we go against the grain, we risk ridicule, criticism, and well-intentioned people discouraging us from forging our own path. Sometimes they’re so loud, it’s like they’re protesting. However, just bare in mind that it most likely has nothing to do with your limitations; it’s their limitations being imposed on you.
For the past few months, I have made some major changes in my life. The biggest (and toughest) change has been changing my life’s direction. I spent the past 5 years of my life not really wanting to do what I was doing. Wait, I’m exaggerating- the past 3 years. The first two were fine, but I stuck it out for three more years because I hated the thought of quitting. Even though I’ve always said I’m no quitter, I should have taken Steve Jobs’ advice to heart when he said this:
The ASC Fashion Week is produced by Kiran Khan and Amith Singh Chauhan from ASC Productions. We were there a couple of weeks back with Carmelo Soberano Visuals who was actually our first client that we unexpectedly got through this blog. He asked us to work with him again to cover the show and we agreed. We thought it would be a nice experience since neither Koren nor I have been to a fashion show before. Plus, we like working with Carmelo! Really cool guy!
So, to make a long story short, we got featured on his blog! We just wanted to share that excitement with all of you. You can check out the article here.
And, this is the 3-minute highlight reel that Koren made from the show:
Hope you guys enjoyed it! We usually cover entrepreneurship events so if you’d like to see more of those, please subscribe! Catch you guys soon!
I have been looking for different ways to physically challenge myself for the past two months. Cold showers based on the recommendation of Joel Runyon was my first challenge. Currently, I’m training for a 5k. I haven’t done one in years so I think it’s time for me to get back into it.
The reason I’m doing this is simple: physical limits usually stem from mental limits. I figured that if I break through my physical limits, that must mean I won the battle against my brain saying “I can’t.” I have always been very active (except for a 2 year stint) so I know how much our mind affects what we can accomplish physically.
I’ve been hearing some talks on courage for the past two weeks. People from the likes of Darren Hardy to marketing gurus have stressed about the importance of this one quality. Apparently, even Aristotle think it’s the most important trait to have.
During the first month that I launched this site (December 2016), I landed my first freelance writing gig unexpectedly. I told a few personal and business contacts about Breaking Boundaries and one took interest in my writing style. He wanted me to write a blog post he can put on his site. Though inexperienced, I agreed because I was confident I could pull it off.
And, after way more edits than intended, we got it done!
“When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.” – Alexander Den Heijer
I have been making it a priority to meet people who are stepping out of their zones of comfort to make epic things happen. I have also been to a few startup events to get myself up to date with the startup scene. We have a few events lined up for the rest of February so it’s going to be a busy few weeks of being around new people in different environments.