If you’re a millennial who have lived at least 20 years of your life, you know that it is not easy. Not everything is handed to you on a silver platter and sometimes, things don’t work out the way you planned them to be. And at times, it takes a leap of faith to change your life for the better. But taking that leap is not easy, whether it involves a career change or stepping out of one’s comfort zone. Eight women, who are also our CLEO Change Makers 2019, know best because they have taken that leap. Trying to get out of a rut and don’t know how to take that first step? Here are their advice.
“Be prepared for the worst. And I’m speaking from personal experience here because I’ve gone overseas with just a passport and not very much money. I’ve been cheated by housing agents; lived out of two luggage bags, and owned only one pair of shoes. There will be a lot of setbacks, so be prepared for that. And don’t forget to give back when you’re successful!”
“Save and be prepared to work your face off. During the first couple of years, anything that you can sacrifice, you should sacrifice—apart from, say, your mental health—so don’t be lazy and take the easy way out. You need to prove to yourself that you can work through it.”
“Just do it unless you have something big to lose. Personally, I would want to take a risk and know that I have tried it. I felt like life is so short. You know you don’t want to just let something go and think, ‘What if I had done that? that could have been me.’ That feeling sucks, so why not just use that moment and just take a leap of faith? And you never know [what happens after]. It might be something that you really, really love or something that you really dread, but you’ll never know, so why not take that 50/50 chance? You might actually appreciate what you get at the end of the other side of the door. I found my passion and my calling by just taking that leap of faith.”
“If you want to pursue something that you’re passionate about that is maybe unconventional, I would say to just do it and don’t be afraid about what other people think. Don’t let what other people think, or let what they decide affect what you do and what your actions might be. Because you should stop worrying about what other people think since it inhibits a lot of what your potential could be yeah so if you can think it, if you can dream it, do it.”
“Stay positive and talk to people who share a similar vision. Stay strong and be clear of what you want, then stick with it with determination.”
“Do your research. It’s important to be educated and share what you’re doing with other people so that you can get feedback. And make sure to get feedback from people who are unbiased and unafraid of hurting your feelings. In my experience running the restaurant and my current non-profit, there were some mistakes that could have been averted if I had sought advice from people who were more knowledgeable and experienced.”
“Just do it because you never know [what will happen]. And this is the kind of advice I have for people who are already in the industry—I will say work with the people that you trust and you will always feel like you have camaraderie and you don’t have to do it alone. But if you’re not even in the industry, then you can only start and try. Anyone can be anyone.”
“If you know your reason for pursuing something, you’ve got to persevere even if you encounter obstacles or fail time and again. My journey was never easy—I passed with minimal grades in both primary and secondary school. But with the right determination and attitude, you’ll learn how to be able to overcome the odds and survive anywhere.”
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