All posts tagged: Success

Embracing Failure

When I first started this blog (once upon a time called juliavanvalkenburg.com, ha!) I wrote a post about embracing failure and why making mistakes is essential to our personal growth and discovery. That post was deleted during an overhaul not long ago, but I decided that it was a topic worth revisiting. What is failure, anyway? When I first wrote about failure, my approach to the topic was far less nuanced. Now, I no longer subscribe to using that word. Beyond getting an F on a paper or exam, can someone even objectively fail? We don’t fail, but we certainly mess up. We realize something isn’t right for us and we move on. We react. We make a mistake and respond by shifting our approach or perspective. We hopefully make decisions that are better for ourselves and others as a result of our mishaps. This isn’t failure, this is growing. So when I do use the word failure, I don’t mean it in the objective, pass or fail, hyper-success-driven American way of thinking. I mean hitting a wall and realizing there’s another path around it. …

Need a Pep-Talk? Here are 15 Quotes to Brighten Your Day

With my first semester of graduate school coming to an end, I’ve been seriously stressed out and my self-esteem has suffered as a result. Whether there’s something going on at work or at home, or you’re just in a rut that you can’t explain, we all need a pep-talk sometimes. Here are 15 quotes that help me get through those rough days, weeks, or months.   “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” – Og Mandino “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” – Eleanor Roosevelt “The more we do, the more we can do.” – William Hazlitt “We may encounter many defeats, but we must never be defeated.” – Maya Angelou “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” – Elon Musk “In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it.” – Jane Smiley “There is no passion to be found in playing small – in settling for …

Video of the Day: Success

We all seem to be constantly striving for success, but what does it truly look like? This charming short film animated by Lara Lee and narrated by Alain de Botton provides an enlightening way to look at success and what that may mean for you. Success was featured on The School of Life, one of my favorite educational YouTube channels. Be sure to check out their channel when you have the chance!

Keep Your Eyes on Your Own Paper

In a roundtable interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Laura Dern said that when her third grade teacher told her to keep her eyes on her own paper, it was the greatest piece of advice she was ever given. I’m at a point in my life where I feel as though I’ve fallen a little behind. I would have loved to move to Los Angeles right after graduating from college over a year ago, but as life goes, things didn’t work out as I had planned. I’ve learned a lot about myself during this downtime, but I think one of my most important lessons is accepting that things oftentimes don’t work out as you thought they would, and that’s okay. In a way it’s actually kind of exciting. Although most of my fellow graduates are already starting their careers in Los Angeles, I’m on a different path right now. I need to keep my eyes on my own paper. Whatever I’m doing – whether it’s working an odd job or taking classes – I’m learning. It helps me to know that Larry David was …

Julie Andrews on Life & Love

“The thrill of being in front of the camera remains exactly the same.” “I was raised never to carp about things and never to moan, because in Vaudeville, which is my background, you just got on with it through all kids of adversities.” “Sometimes opportunities float right past your nose. Work hard, apply yourself, and be ready. When an opportunity comes you can grab it.” “All love shifts and changes. I don’t know if you can be wholeheartedly in love at all times.” “I would be a fool to deny my own abilities.” “I have always wished I could learn to be a potter. I love collecting ceramics; it would be so fulfilling to create something lovely.” “Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.” “A lot of my life happened in great, wonderful bursts of good fortune, and then I would race to be worthy of it.” “All careers go up and down like friendships, like marriages, like anything else, you …

Cultural Observation: The Kardashians and Wealth

In an interview with Amazon this past week President Barack Obama discussed the American dream and how our entertainment culture has changed what success means to many. “I don’t think people went around saying to themselves: ‘I need to have a 10,000 square foot house’. We weren’t exposed to things we didn’t have in the same way kids these days are. There was not that window into the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Kids weren’t monitoring every day what Kim Kardashian was wearing, or where Kanye West was going on vacation, and thinking that somehow that was the mark of success.” The President’s comments have since become the subject of scrutiny, supplying Kris Jenner with new material to fill her daytime talk show (which isn’t doing too well). Although I’m generally entertained by the Kardashians (though find them extremely problematic), I think Kris completely missed the mark in her response to the President’s statements. President Obama’s comments weren’t meant to question the success of Kim & Kanye – whether they work hard or not is irrelevant. It’s that the …