Follow your passion and not others! This is a bold statement. Follow your passion and not others! Each word in this sentence has a meaning. Sometimes our passion is calling us, whether it be working in the creative industries, owning a business or pursuing another path. Aside from our individual talents, people are also calling us. People can be anyone from your parents and your siblings to your teachers and your friends. Others always feel they know what’s best for you better than you do. They feel they know you more than you know yourself.
At my CreatHers event, one of the guest speakers, Jade Keshia Gordon, spoke about the challenges she faced in relation to her career. She went to university but didn’t complete the full length of her degree. Her talent and skills lay in photography. It was something she was and still is very passionate about. Her mum didn’t understand this as her normality was to get a degree and work in the NHS. There are many parents who want their kids to undertake a corporate role or become a doctor, lawyer – you know to get ‘real job’.
“Believe in yourself even if no one believes in you” – Jade Keshia Gordon
Due to their background and experiences, they didn’t comprehend that photography could actually be a job and that you could make real money from. Jade had grown up in a West Indies household and like many people from a similar background, getting a job didn’t include photography.
Initially, Jade’s mother felt embarrassed to tell people that she was a photographer. I can imagine exactly how her mum would have felt. After all, most photographers are freelancers and many people see photography as a hobby and not an actual career. It was not until Jade’s mum saw her work in Cosmopolitan that she became proud and understood that people could make an income and be successful from photography. Jade has showed us what it truly means to follow your passion. One thing that she said at the CreatHers talk was “believe in yourself even if no one believes in you”.
I am a testament to this exact statement. I had to and still have to believe in myself. Many people won’t believe in someone until they see success pouring out of their lives. People need to see something tangible, something real, before they even begin to buy into your goals and future plans.
My mum wanted me to get into politics. Imagine me in politics. I am a creative person. I am an ideas’ person
I am by no means where I want to be in life, but guess what? I’ve made progress. I can sincerely relate to Jade. I wanted to work in television but I realised very early on that I was the only one who really believed in this goal. I wasn’t 100% sure of how I was going to achieve this, as I didn’t know enough about the television industry and certainly didn’t know anyone who worked in it.
People have literally suffered at the hands of others who thought they knew best for them
Just like Jade, my mum initially wanted me to take a more ‘serious’ path. In fact, my mum wanted me to get into politics. Imagine me in politics. I am a creative person. I am an ideas’ person. I now work in television production and development in London and have worked on some of the most notable programmes on the most watched channels.
If we were all doctors, lawyers and politicians, who would feed the news to the citizens?
People have literally suffered at the hands of others who thought they knew best for them. Don’t get me wrong, many of those in question love these people, but that doesn’t mean that they should dictate your life for you. One thing I have to state is that your parents do know what’s best for you overall, however, I disagree with the idea of them ‘choosing’ a career path for their kids. If we were all doctors, lawyers and politicians, who would feed the news to the citizens? Who would take professional photos of brands, companies and individuals? Who would make the clothes we all wear, and who would entertain us with the programmes we watch?
Think about it! Don’t let others dictate which career path you should take as after all whatever decisions you make will affect you first. You will only ever have yourself to blame and although we can regret our choices, we can’t change them if they’ve already been put into place.
Have a read of my ‘Get Out Of The 9’5 Mindset’ blog – you may like it.
What do you think about the above?