These Words of Wisdom from performance artist Lindsey Stirling are no small thing. I share this video today specifically for those who keep getting hit with rejection and negativity, or feel overlooked in spite of their gift.
Lindsey knows that tune all too well. After taking her own gift and passion for dancing while playing the violin to America’s Got Talent in 2010, she wasn’t appreciated by the judges at first. In fact, Piers Morgan (a former judge on the show) said she sounded like rats being strangled! The nerve! I’m sure she’s heard some jacked up stuff before regarding her talent too.
After those mean comments, it took a lot for Lindsey to get to the stage, but she got there. “I had to pick myself up, and I think anybody that succeeds has had to do that. Not just once, but multiple, multiple times,” Lindsey shared. And now this girl has a thriving YouTube channel with millions of dedicated viewers, has toured all over the world with her unique gift, has her own documentary, and is on Dancing with the Stars this season!
Watch her encouraging words below…
Me personally, I go through periods of self-doubt after multiple rejections or no responses regarding new opportunities and pitches. Had a moment yesterday, matter of fact. We all do. A lot of us have heard negative comments about what we want to do, having to face doubters who don’t get our vision (side note: it’s not their job to). Yet and still, enough negative feedback can hurt, and make you doubt what it is you want to do.
We all have those moments where we fall down, or where we want to quit and settle for something less than we deserve. I GET IT. It’s okay to doubt yourself for a little bit. It’s okay to cry. It’s okay to wallow for a minute (trust, I had the ugliest cry in my car yesterday…I’m not judging). What’s not okay is to give up. Give yourself a minute to hurt a little bit, but then settle your nerves, stand on up and press on anyway!
Good morning y’all…another Monday is here. I’m tired, but I’m ready to put in WORK this week! Here’s some #MondayMotivation to inspire you guys…a quote I need for myself too.
The road to success is HARD, y’all. Very hard. No matter what you’re working towards. Maybe it’s getting healthier. Maybe it’s building up your own business. Maybe it’s trying to get that degree. No matter what it is, the journey to reaching a goal is quite difficult and tiring.
Yet and still, you can’t stop when you’re tired. When you stop every time you’re tired, you’re just prolonging the process of getting further along in your journey. Sometimes, you have to choose to push past feelings of fatigue, or insecurity, or doubt, to continue towards your purpose. For real, for real, if it was easy, everybody would do it. So don’t stop when you’re tired…stop when you’re done.
“Listen as your day unfolds
Challenge what the future holds
Try and keep your head up to the sky…”
— Des’ree (“You Gotta Be”)
This song right here is a throwback joint from back in the 90s! This hit, “You Gotta Be” from British singer Des’ree still makes its way into rotation through my inspirational playlist today and for good reason.
On the song, Des’ree drops small but powerful gems about navigating through life, reminding us that we gotta be bad, bold, wiser, and stronger throughout this life, taking on challenges head on as they come. As each year passes, and I continue to grow, I become better at that. It’s not always easy, but this song gives me motivation to do it.
Watch Des’ree perform the song below!
This inspiring video from Denzel Washington was from a few years back, but I pull it out every now and then when I really need a fire lit under my butt.
Speaking to a group of young, aspiring actors, writers, and filmmakers, the legendary actor pushes them to truly treasure their gifts that they’ve been blessed with. To not misuse or depreciate that gift by not establishing actual goals, or being undisciplined or inconsistent, but to really utilize, value, and share that gift. And if there’s anyone who can speak on this, it’s definitely Denzel!
I still appreciate this clip personally, because it reminds me that to not be disciplined and consistent with my goals and dream, is misusing the gifts that God has blessed me with. It also reminds me to be grateful for those gifts, and to use those to hopefully impact other people. I hope it does the same for you all!
Welp, another Monday is here. Gotta admit I’m really not feeling it this morning, but had to get up and put the work in. Here’s some #MondayMotivation to kick off the week…this time from the legendary Julie Andrews!
If it’s one thing I know for sure, after losing and failing so many times, wins come when you LEAST expect it and when you MOST need it. After you’ve fallen down so many times. After you’ve been rejected from job after job. After you’ve failed at creating the success you wanted from your idea. But you keep going, because you know your end is better than your beginning.
That’s perseverance, and that’s how you’ll ultimately win.