Work hard, play hard. #DontSkipTheWork
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Hard work has become something like a myth in popular culture. While we glorify overnight sensations, YouTube stars and personalities who depict wealth and lives of leisure, suicide rates continue to rise and a generation of under qualified, over entitled humans are flooding the workforce.
The TRUTH remains the same- Hard work pays off. For most of us who’ve reached any kind of financial security, public recognition or “fame”, it’s been diligence, hard work and dedication that has paved the way. We may make it look easy, but the truth is- when I first started blogging, I was working 60-70 hour work weeks minimum on the regular. I had to pay my bills AND work my blog into a full-fledged business for years before I even broke even. Late night, hours and hours of reading articles, social media stats, learning all the Wordpress updates, widgets, new camera interfaces, photo editing apps and software... I remember setting up tripods and taking my own street style shots. I built my first website with a friend, made cold calls (aka DMs on IG and facebook) hoping to stand out amongst 1000’s of other bloggers- to brands I wanted to work with. I poured money into clothes, events, trips and equipment that I had to work my day job in order to pay off. It was overwhelming hard work for a while there. And continues to be hard work for most of us. -
We may be envied for not having to have a “real job” and given very little credit for the creativity and perseverance required in our line of work and as a matter of fact- most bloggers I know experience this really interesting double edged sword, where people dismiss any actual talent or business skills while also assuming that our lives are a cake walk. People often comment about all the money and free stuff we must have pouring in left and right.
The TRUTH is rarely anything near that for years...