The idea of success coming from being open to saying ‘yes’ is not a new one. Your life can change by saying yes. Yes to opportunities, yes to committing, yes to help and yes to finding your path. By being open to these ‘yes’ moments, I have changed the whole direction of my life, and with some success.
This time last year I was a Year 2 Teacher in a small town. My family, although endlessly supportive of my dreams, have always drilled into me the importance of having a back-up and a way of supporting myself. So, teaching became my back-up but not my dream. Three months ago, I left the comfort of the small town, a world I knew and moved to London. A city I didn’t know, a city that was outside my comfort zone. But it was an opportunity I had, and I had to say ‘yes’.
With only vague ideas of what my path would ‘look’ like, I was led by the idea of what my path would ‘feel’ like. I want to be happy, I want to be inspired and I want to be surrounded by people who are engaged and engaging. Knowing this, I set out to seek opportunities that would not only fulfill that but also answer the ringing bell that is my father’s voice saying, ‘support yourself’. A month into my time in London and not much is happening.
Knowing this, I set out to seek opportunities that would not only fulfill that but also answer the ringing bell that is my father’s voice saying, ‘support yourself’
Lesson one, staying resilient. As easy as it would have been to start teaching again, I knew I had to commit to what I had set out to do. And here’s where it starts to pay off.
Lesson two, you are who you believe you are. If you had told me a year ago that I would be about to start an internship at Harper’s Bazaar, I would have laughed. I would have laughed because I wouldn’t have believed that anyone would take me seriously. Yet it’s happened because I said ‘yes’ to following my passions.
And the ball kept rolling. I found confidence in putting myself in situations that normally I would have said no to because I felt like an imposter. For example, becoming a contributor for LEVILE TV. I did my research and decided that LEVILE TV fits my outlook. I applied, despite never having published my writing before.
Lesson three, accepting help does not mean your work is any less your work. I’m dyslexic, so although I love writing it’s not an easy job for someone like me. To overcome this hurdle, I’ve learned to look for the strengths in others. Say ‘yes’ to a support network.
Lesson three, accepting help does not mean your work is any less your work.
Lesson four, trust your feeling. I have started my new journey. I may not know what this opportunity looks like in its entirety, but I know it feels right.
And so, through the lessons I’ve learned, I’m beginning to recognise the power of ‘yes’.