Through out my life I have met quite a few people who have made promises to help me with everything from work to photography and to taking my pants off. Most of us will encounter at least a few of them in our life time. They are the people who talk about how much they can do for you and all the awesome opportunities they can arrange for you. They talk about how connected they are or about who they are going to introduce you to, they offer you “modelling” gigs or special business deals.
These people talk big and seem impressive, but there is one important thing that I have found. The people who could genuinely help me just did it. They didn’t talk about how amazing or how connected they were, they just went out and got it done. The talkers never came through.
Don’t get caught up with the bull shitters and more importantly if you want something then don’t wait for someone to drop it in your lap, go out and get it. Opportunity is 50% luck and 50% hard work. When the genuine helpers with genuine opportunities come along you won’t be able to take advantage of their help unless you have laid the groundwork yourself. Develop your skills, practice your craft, educate yourself, go out and get the training, that’s how you get ahead. Get out there and set the gears in motion and you will be surprised by just how many REAL opportunities begin to come your way.
The truth is that no matter how much help you think you need, you already have what it takes to make your dreams come true. For the longest time I struggled with what I thought was a lack of success. I wished that there was somebody out there who could give me a break. What actually happened was that when that helping hand came along if I hadn’t done the hard slug, if I hadn’t toiled away working for free and improving my work, then I wouldn’t have had the portfolio I needed to show at a chance meeting and I wouldn’t now be in London.
Take charge of your own destiny and be persistent. Your break is out there waiting for you to be ready.