I’m 23 years old. Nearing the end of my tenure in college. And lately I’ve been getting the infamous “what are you gunna do after?” question.
When people ask me this question I guess they expect to hear something about advancing my career in the area of my study. Or about a certain company I want to work for to start my climb up the corporate ladder. But I can’t tell them that.
Some people pursue a job in the field of their study. Some people don’t. Some people are crazy enough to try and pave their own path as entrepreneurs.
I think most graduates want to get a good job and love it. We’re taught to want to climb up a corporate ladder. But for some crazy reason I want to build my own ladder. I’m not looking for a regular career. I’m not playing it safe. For now I’m pursuing my dreams. And all I want to do is follow my vision.
I tell people that truth. In regards to what I’m going to do with my International Studies degree; I don’t know. Maybe nothing. I tell them I want to build my own business. And that I’ll do so by printing t-shirts. And of course most people think I’m absurd. Some have actually told me that what I want to do is impossible. But I don’t let that phase me. Because when you have a vision for something you should never let anybody stray you from your goal.
The thing that drives me the most when contemplating people’s doubtful reactions is my elementary/middle school’s slogan: Dare The Impossible, Live The Vision.
That slogan has brought me strength every time I encounter someone’s doubt. It has guided me ever since I decided I wanted to be an entrepreneur. It guides me now when I’m warned of entering a saturated streetwear market. And told that the learning curve of screenprinting might not be worth operating a print shop.
To me living by that slogan means setting the highest standards for yourself in whatever it is you are most passionate about.
It’s realizing that no goal is unreachable if you get up and do something to achieve what you want.
So I implore anybody reading this, no matter how high the odds are stacked against you…DARE THE IMPOSSIBLE AND LIVE THAT VISION.
You are an unstoppable force. Don’t doubt yourself.
Pincho Factory is my favorite place to eat when I visit Miami. And apparently I’m not alone. Every time I enter this heaven for taste buds it’s packed with eager customers either devouring their food or on line thinking of what tasty treat to get.
They say a picture’s worth a thousand words so before I describe it I have to show you it first:
Enough to make your mouth water instantly huh?
It’s fast food. But it’s a novelty. And the goodness you see on that picture is only a fraction of the whole menu.
My girlfriend and I ordered a burger topped with bacon and a unique buffalo sauce. A chicken pincho that can’t be topped. And some classic cajun fries (those sauces are mango and cilantro).
Needless to say…we had a feast.
Make sure you check out the Pincho Factory next time you’re in the Miami area!
When you’re going through a tough time it’s very easy to start pitying yourself. You ask yourself questions like “why me?” (as if you wished your hardships on the person standing next to you). I’ve caught myself doing this a number of times in the past couple years. But thinking this way doesn’t help. Thinking this way doesn’t get you anywhere. When you stub your toe you don’t fall and stay on the floor all day long. You curse. You shake it off. And go about your day. The issue of dealing with the hardships in your life is something like that awful metaphor with one major difference. Sure, you can shake off your problems. But you can also accept them as a lesson. Learn from them. Become stronger from them. Imagine if you never shed a tear. Never went through any type of hardship and got everything you wanted in the snap of a finger. Sounds great doesn’t it? I bet it does but now think back on all the times you worked really hard to achieve something and overcame all the obstacles to come to your desired outcome. That feeling of accomplishment is a high. Now think of all the lessons you learned after you shed those tears. Some of them were worth it weren’t they? They helped make you a skillful sailor.
(Picture taken at my place of work)
Hello! My name is Daniel Steez and this is my first post on this personal blog. I run some other blogs like The Daily Steez where I try to chronicle my brand’s activities. And Gully Music which I use as a medium to let people know what new music I’m listening to and ask them what they think about it.
The direction I’m taking this blog in particular is nowhere. And everywhere.
I’ll be blogging about everything I can write about. The places I go to. The things I look at. The books I read. The things I think about. Anything. And everything.
I thought this blog was necessary because it gives me freedom to do what I like as a writer on a medium completely separated from my other blogs (although content from my other blogs will be slightly infused into this one).
This is a personal account of my life as I juggle being a student, business owner, and wannabe writer. And since I also think I’m a photographer I’m just going to jump into this with some pictures I took in Miami this past weekend. Enjoy.
This first one is of a crazy looking tree…I think anything is worth taking a picture of.
Every time I see a turtle it reminds me of Finding Nemo.
Chilling by the waterfront..