It's been a while since I've managed to write anything but that's not for a lack of energy or a loss of motivation for writing, it's more becuase of the amount of opportunities that have presented themselves to me since I opened my business, started this blog, expanding out into the youtube space and so many other things that not only encompass me as a person but also the digital space in general (honestly it's a ridiculous space, not just for cats and memes to gain traction).
With that in mind though, I really have been meaning to write something for the blog and I thought that today would be no better day than to pass on some advice which I have always kept to myself (mainly because I thought it would see me come across as shallow and self absorbed) but have since found that the same advice has been given by one of the worlds most top viewed and subscribed to YouTubers; Tyler Oakley. Now, if you've never watched any of his videos they can sometimes seem as a little ridiculous - most people have this opinion on YouTubers that all they do is sit infront of a camera and that's really the extent of it. However, for some of these massive icons of the internet it's turned into a lucrative business for them and a lot of people (especially teens who worship the space and allow these big names to work) to not only share their lives with the world but also pass along wisdom of sorts (trust me, YouTubers are more influential than the government; you only need to look to Obama who has actually turned to these people to pass along his message of healthcare)
(Back on track though...) Tyler recently uploaded a video entitled 'What I Learned from Pickle Juice' - At first, by the title you'd assume it was a joke video about eating pickles but it turned out to be something A LOT deeper than that. In the video he describes an interview with Nicki Minaj (Now, before you start yelling at your screen about how uneducated I must be for watching something and agreeing with advice from the woman who has been shunned by a lot of the world for sexualising (even more might I add) the line 'my anaconda don't want none unless you got buns hun' and provocatively placing herself in her cover art) about her perspective on wanting more out of life - “I put quality in what I do. I spend time and I spend energy and I spend effort and I spend everything I have, every fiber of my being, to give people quality”. “So if I turn up to a photo shoot and you got a $50 clothes budget and some sliced pickles...I am gonna leave. Is that wrong? Wanting more for myself?...But had I accepted the pickle juice, I would be drinking pickle juice right now.”
Nicki obliterates the saying 'if life gives you lemons, make lemonade', She sees that her life (And from my understanding of what's being said, I wholeheartedly agree with her) is something in which people shouldn't accept what's second best (Now some of you reading this would say 'BUT SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO TAKE WHAT YOU'RE GIVEN AND JUST ACCEPT IT) and in doing so you will accept second best for the rest of your life. The fact of the matter is to 'AIM HIGH'. There may be times where the end goal seems so unrealistic that you'll take anything (well almost anything) that someone throws at you just to get by. I've had the ideology handed to me by a lot of people to take what I can get just to 'get a foot in the door'. For some people that may seem like a logical thing to do (and by that logic you'd use that experience as a stepping stone) they're able to gain some form of traction in their aspiring career or have the time to develop a deeper understanding of what they want from life. But that's not something I needed or wanted for myself.
I'm the type of person that expects more from myself than anyone could expect from me, I'm not the type of person to accept secondary standards. I am the type of person however, that will do the work 10 times over if I'M not satisfied with the result because at the end of the day the difference between getting somewhere and having people know who you are through your hard work and dedication and just 'taking what you can get, and getting a foot in the door' is PICKLE JUICE.
If you want MORE, do MORE and don't accept second best, even if that means a door closes 123456789 times in your face, persist and get another one open because at the end of the day you only need that ONE to be what you want, you only need that ONE to make what you've aspired to achieve become a reality; Say NO to the pickle juice.
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