Donot go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sometimes it's easier to follow in the footsteps of others. But what if you actually didn't? What if you went off the beaten path and blazed your own trail? As a female entrepreneur there's been a lot of talk lately about how women are becoming role models for other women and girls that are out there striving to make it in their own right. We are often told "you can't do that" or "that's not possible". Well, I'm here to tell you that if you think you can, you can. All you have to do is make up your mind to get your butt in gear and have at it. Sure there are going to be obstacles galore, but if you're truly determined to make your own way, you'll find solutions rather than just accepting the problems that pop up and get in your way.
When I was in grad school I was working on a project that apparently didn't fit within the boxes that we get stuffed into by the very teachers that are supposed to be helping us see that as artists and we shouldn't let anyone stuff us into a box. Anyway - I was told that my project would never be viable and I was wasting my time with it. It was this, it was that, it was anything but good. I believed it...until one day I DECIDED it was a GREAT idea and so did an awful lot of other people and now it's on it's way to being a traveling exhibit and a book!
So the next time someone tells you "it's impossible" or "it's a stupid idea" or "you can't do that", just smile and say, "watch me". Blaze your own trail on a path that's never been done before and even if it has, it's never been done by YOU. It's never been done with your flavor. Your path is unique and you should always honor that, no matter what anyone else says. Leave a trail that is exclusively yours. You'll be glad you did.
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