You need to learn to swim

What started off as a varsity related research interview turned into a really amazing mentoring session with the owner of the famous Vovo Telo at 44 Stanley! She is one of the sweetest women I have ever met and she gave me great advice. “You need to learn to swim”, she said. It doesn’t matter how deep or how rough the waters of life are before you, if you can swim, you can make it through, and you will survive. Now how do you make sure your strength doesn’t run out and you don’t drown?

  1. You need a support system

You need people you can rely on, people who have your back and will support you. This could be your family, a friend(s), boyfriend or whoever you know you can trust. When you feel like your strength is faltering, you need these guys rooting for you and spurring you on. Having someone in your corner makes all the difference even in the smallest ways.

  1. Let go of all fear

Yes, this is easier said than done. It’s only natural for us to fear and become negative when we are faced with unforeseen circumstances. Sometimes we fear the things that could make us great, we fear to take that first step because we’re afraid of failure. See it’s okay to be scared at first, but the trick is not to dwell on that fear.

  1. Remember the world is your oyster

You can do anything you want to and be anything you want to be; you define and design your life. Do the things that you’re passionate about, and grab opportunities with arms wide open. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can still find a way to make it happen.

Our journey through life is never easy…sometimes the waves are so strong they push you back, and with your head under water there seems to be no way. But as long as you can keep paddling and get your head above water, you will make your way to shore, you will reach your goals.


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