“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” – Steve Jobs
Singapore: December 9, 2017 – Taking a hiatus from the corporate environment to focus on building my ambition is undeniably a huge decision I will need to take ownership of.
Throughout my years of existence, I have come across people who have judged, doubted, criticised and talked me down for the decisions I make but a common trait amongst successful people is that they all trust that inner voice inside of them – only surround yourself with people who uplift, motivate, and inspire you.
My vision to one day venture out on my own stemmed from a very young age where little me wanted to “Dominate the World” (this was written in my little girl journals, as embarrassing as it may sound) and was further encouraged by people who constantly tell me that I don’t seem like the employee sort.
As you progress through life, you meet all sorts of people who mould you to fit their expectations, to a point where you sometimes don’t remember who you truly are. But take a little time alone to rediscover the person you envision yourself to be and you’ve got your calling. Your life is your own canvas to paint – people will give you all sorts of advice you’ve never even asked for in the first place but then again, it is your due diligence to be discerning with your judgment and filter what advice would work for you and what wouldn’t.
Reflecting on all the jobs I’ve held throughout my life (I’ve given out flyers, waited tables, cleaned and mopped floors, tele-called, photography, graphic design, corporate communications, branding & marketing, modelling, etc.) made me realise that I was much happier when I had the autonomy to do whatever interested me without a 9-5 holding me down.
The amount of opportunities I had to forgo for heizeline.com because I was bounded by an MNC contract was… for lack of a relevant word, heart-wrenching. Also, when you’ve had clients who paid you a good sum of money for content you produce in a minute, that’s how you know your business venture is potentially lucrative.
My choice of career and lifestyle may neither suit everyone’s needs, nor gain everyone’s approval, but at this stage of my life, I honestly think I would’ve regretted it if I don’t chance on the opportunity to go big in my early 20s.