There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
Working, working, working day and night. I hope you read that with Michael Jackson in your head. I’ve just turned it on. That man’s music keeps me going. See, tonight I wanted to reach out to entrepreneurs and college students alike. We have a lot in common. We’re always learning, evolving to become better at what we do, and never stop applying new knowledge because we thrive off of the energy it provides. Having gone to college for journalism, I’ve quietly taught myself my crafts – fiction writing and graphic design. The two things I love most are ironically the very subjects I refused to be taught. I never wanted to pick up on someone else’s style or call something my own and find that it was someone else’s. It’s amazing how easily that can happen. Particularly when you’re sensitive to people, energy, or your surroundings in general. Again with that isolation I mentioned in yesterday’s blog. Since fiction writing has always been my greatest love, design was my side chick. Haha. Now they’re moving in together. (Tiny Clansman, that one was for you.)
Anyhow, while attending university, my thought pattern wasn’t initially that. I was still hardwired in what I like to call, robot mode. I walked into a design class and made up my robotic mind. I was going to get into their graphic design program. I created a portfolio, essentially “blew away” the panel that reviewed it, and then changed my mind after listening to the students. I realized that everyone’s work was identical. It made me weary because alumnus whom had updated their galleries, still shared intensely similar bodies of work. It’s fine to be influenced by courses or people, but you’ve still got to find your own place. I do everything with that thought in my mind.
Fun fact, all of this happened just before the publication of “Blind Thirst,” which was my first novel at age 18. I printed it through Xlibris and regret it to this day. Proud of the work, not of the people behind its publication. I mean, even the book cover stresses me out because it wasn’t what I wanted. I love full cover books, as seen on my subsequent publications. But, I still have a strong love for it because of what it “birthed.” Because of #BT, I developed the strength and self-esteem to produce three more major projects and even go into acting. Amazing chain of events for a shy girl from Chicago who spent most of her youth obsessing over *Nsync, Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger, Aaliyah, and Robert Downey, Jr. I powered up. I tuned out the negative remarks of some people who surrounded me, and I kept it moving.
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After all is dito e feito, I continue to work toward the visions in my mind. I mind my business and I stay focused. I don’t give up, even when I have those days where I’m just…done. Everyone has them. But I can’t…let myself down. I can’t pull the tired card every day. Sometimes you have to power up and power through. Keep working hard, worthy warriors. Whatever you’ve got in your heart that you wish were real, you have the power to achieve. It’s true what you’ve heard. It’s just time you sincerely believed in yourself.