The idea of success coming from being open to saying â€˜yesâ€™ 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 â€˜yesâ€™ 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 didnâ€™t know, a city that was outside my comfort zone. But it was an opportunity I had, and I had to say â€˜yesâ€™.
With only vague ideas of what my path would â€˜lookâ€™ like, I was led by the idea of what my path would â€˜feelâ€™ 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 fatherâ€™s voice saying, â€˜support yourselfâ€™. 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 fatherâ€™s voice saying, â€˜support yourselfâ€™
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 hereâ€™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 Harperâ€™s Bazaar, I would have laughed. I would have laughed because I wouldnâ€™t have believed that anyone would take me seriously. Yet itâ€™s happened because I said â€˜yesâ€™ 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. Iâ€™m dyslexic, so although I love writing itâ€™s not an easy job for someone like me. To overcome this hurdle, Iâ€™ve learned to look for the strengths in others. Say â€˜yesâ€™ 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 Iâ€™ve learned, Iâ€™m beginning to recognise the power of â€˜yesâ€™.