meetings, outfits, projects, conference calls, workouts, networking, bedroom, brunching, happy hour…don’t care what you’re doing, just be deliberate, just fucking kill it. Slay every day. Live in the moment. Be the person you wanna be in ten years, even if your career isn’t quite there yet. Don’t downplay yourself. Speak up. Ask your questions. Sit in the front if it means you forget there’s a room full of people behind you. Wear your favorite heels on Friday because, damnit, you feel like yourself when you wear them.
Stop asking for permission. Ask for forgiveness later. You are your own brand. You are the only person who can decide what your dreams are- so fucking chase that shit down, dream big, don’t let the naysayers limit who you are supposed to be or what you are supposed to be doing. Because trust me they will line up to tell you no… don’t be so bold, don’t be so different, don’t think you can dress the way you dress and look the way you look and still be successful in this field. Oh no she didn’t! Sexism is real. Men will tell you to be less confident. Everyone will expect less of you than you expect from yourself.
Show them why they are wrong. Let the science speak for itself. And most importantly- let the work speak for itself. There will be nothing greater to hold up in the dark night than that candle. Some weekends you go in, most weekends you go in, you forget about online dating…you forget about almost everything except your dreams. You will move forward, you will slowly take a baby step every day…or maybe one step forward, two steps back. Work so hard that even on the days you notice yourself slacking, no one else notices, because you are out pacing them.
Don’t let them limit you. Slay every day. Feed your brain with the images of your idols, with the success of those who inspire you. Breathe it, live it, realize it… to be authentic is the greatest gift your parents ever gave you, or maybe you were born with it.
“A kind of light spread out from her. And everything changed color. And the world opened out. And a day was good to awaken to. And there were no limits to anything. And the people of the world were good and handsome. And I was not afraid any more.”—John Steinbeck, East of Eden (via thatkindofwoman)
“Science is the one domain in which we human beings make a truly heroic effort to counter our innate biases and wishful thinking. Science is the one endeavor in which we have developed a refined methodology for separating what a person hopes is true from what he has good reason to believe.”—