‘At first they will ask why you’re doing it, later they’ll ask how you did it.’
Shoes: Missguided (sold out but similar here)
Bag*: Michael Kors
Bracelet*: Laura Gravestock
Ring: Links of London
‘Some people dream of success, others wake up and work for it.’
Sunglasses*: Bailey Nelson
‘There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.’
I could fill a whole post with my favourite quotes about success. Reading them, saying them, repeating them reminds me that there are absolutely no shortcuts; you get what you work for and you are only ever deserving of getting out what you put in.
By my own definition, I’m not successful. But I have accomplished and achieved a number of things over the course of my lifetime, things separate to this blog and my career. And of course, things related too. I’ve always been ambitious, almost scarily so. I’ve had moments of madness where I’ve scolded myself for dreaming too big, dismissing my goals as fantasy. I’ve undermined my capabilities, told myself I’m not good enough or that I just simply can’t. And yet, no dream is really too big – not for you or for me. It’s true that the only limitations are the ones we set ourselves; nothing or no one else is stopping us. So by noting down my successes, no matter how small, I can look back and remind myself what I can do, what I’ve already done, enabling me to reignite that self-belief that is too often absent. And with that return of faith comes the ability to keep pushing forward, striving and achieving.
Hard graft: that’s what it takes to be successful. And as I recently tweeted, this appears to be something that many people don’t understand. There is no quick fix, no magic trick. I receive so many messages – across all social platforms – asking how I do what I do, how I got where I am today. How did I turn my blog into a full-time job? How did I get brands to notice me? The questions are persistent, direct. And I’m so bewildered by them; I simply can’t answer any of them conclusively. At the end of day, I’m a tiny fish in a very big pond – I just plug away, doing my own thing. But that’s just it – I work hard on my own, so I’m still figuring things out for myself. I will always offer guidance where possible but the truth is, no one wants to hear the one piece of advice that means the most – work hard; for whatever it is you’re striving for. And don’t ever stop.
‘Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.’
Disclaimer: all items marked with an asterisk have been gifted to me for promotional purposes.