Happy New Year to All!
Shoutout to my Presentation Skills professor Mr.V who greatly impacted my first semester of college! If ever given the chance, please take a Presentation or Speech Skills course of some sort. Presentation is an essential life skill that is helpful to all fields of life. In all careers, presentation is indeed important and after one class you may learn so much that you thought you knew already. Honestly truly, we encounter with terrible presentation and speeches everyday. We do not realize it because we, too, lack the essentials needed to be a great speaker. I appreciated this course because I learned many life hacks while I became a better speaker. Hope you enjoy the following!
Above is my friend Eash and I post finals. We successfully made it through our first finals week and you can guess how it left us feeling. We were in the drive-thru of our favorite place to eat, yeah you guessed it, Chick-Fil-A. During the semester, we could always depend on Chick-Fil-A to provide us satisfaction LOL. We had our fair share of emotions and we learned so much during such a short period. In the above video you hear me say “Average People Live Average Lives” and that is exactly where this idea stemmed from. In turn, I decided to do research, write and elaborate on this topic.
It was my last Presentation Skills class and my professor began to discuss what it means to be “average.” There are many people who are sometimes judged for being “The Extra Individual” and/or the one who purposely stands out. If you relate to that person, I have a different kind of love for you. You secretly inspire many! These people are my creatives, hustlers, students, and basically anyone who is seeking more from life. THEY are the ones who do not settle.
I am such an advocate for doing what you love! Never conform to the norms of life. Never do what OTHERS think you should. You may achieve and maybe even excel, but at the end of it all your happiness will be at stake. There are people who choose to live average lives because it comes easy. For some of us, who are introverts, we unfortunately fall victim to this disease. Living an average life is a disease because we are unknowingly robbing ourselves from our deserved life. Our deserved TRUE happiness. We miss out on so much!
Life should never feel like a routine, but we allow and tolerate such. Take a moment and think about your purpose. Last year, I struggled with finding “my purpose” and to be completely honest I am still figuring it out everyday. It is important to know that it is okay to be unaware of your purpose. Finding your purpose can be the beginning process to avert from your “average life.” Taking that step to find it helps you begin to experience things you have never.
HOW TO FIND YOUR PURPOSE:
(REFER TO TED TALK FOR INDEPTH UNDERSTANDING)
- HUMBLE BEGINNINGS “Origin Story” where you came from, history, culture, anything that puts you in a humble state of mind
- Create/Map Your Journey This may sound cliche, but what are your life goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 – 20 years? “Where do you want to end up?”
- THIS STEP IS A GREAT HELP
- Make a Contract with YOURSELFValues
- “Your Why?” “New Year Resolution” IT IS COMPLETELY FINE TO STILL WRITE THEM DOWN
- Vision Board
- Reflect“What have you done of meaning today?”
- “What are you going to do different tomorrow?”
As my professor spoke, I began to think more and more. He touched on the idea that it is okay to be an introvert if that is you, but you do have to break out of your shell. The extroverts are the ones taking over and basically preventing all your GREAT ideas from coming to life. Can you relate? If yes, begin your change today or tomorrow. It is never too late. So, start that business, formulate that product you have envisioned, network, apply for that job, go back to school, work on your designs…
Do what makes you happy & work at it! Never feel rushed because it disrupts perfection (meaning take however long you need). You may fail, maybe more than once, but never give up.
Hopefully these gems were some sort of help to somebody that may come across this piece.
– Fatu Wandaw