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
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?
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:
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.
As I’m sitting in the living room at home, I got to reminiscing about where Breaking Boundaries is now. Granted, it’s not where I plan it to be yet because I have big goals for this project. I do think we’re definitely making strides, though. Some of you might know that Breaking Boundaries is about a month and a half old. We’ve worked on a couple of collaborations and freelancing gigs so far.
It’s been a little over 2 weeks that this site has been live and about a month in the works. Yes, I know, people have sites up within hours. I’ve actually had the domain and host for this site a year before I made it public. You can read more about that here.
Mateusz M. If you have never heard of him before, I’m glad I get to familiarize you with him. He’s a dude from Poland who runs a very successful not-for-profit YouTube channel with over 170 million views on his videos and over 800k subscribers. His videos are super passionate, brilliant, creative and really captivating. He uses voices by some of the best motivational speakers like Les Brown, Eric Thomas, and even actor, Will Smith.
A positive mental attitude is imperative in achieving success and will help carry you through obstacles and setbacks. Nothing really kills ambition and success more than a negative mindset. Most of us, at one point or another, have come across a quote, saying, statement, etc. that completely turned our mood around. Sometimes we all need a little push.