Keep Hustling Toward That Dream

I’m sitting in the back of my Uber cruising through the city doing go-backs, and I’m having a moment. On my one day off for the week I’m technically working — I’m not getting paid though.

While many people think that being a flight attendant is my only job, it is not. I work on the side for various stylists hoping to stay current in the fashion industry in an attempt to keep my dream of one day owning a fashion label alive. You’ve got to hustle in this city and make a name for yourself.

Today I’m exhausted; I was in Ireland all last week, then Scotland, and I just got back yesterday. I’m tired and I’m questioning whether what I’m doing is really worth it? I love everything that I do. “Do it with passion or don’t do it at all,” is a motto I live by.

As I admire the city around me, I realize it’s a gorgeous day. I realize I’m in NEW FREAKING YORK. Sure I’m not getting paid, but I am one step closer to my dream than I was yesterday. I get over my little moment and I think how wonderful it is to have a passion and to have a desire in my heart to want to achieve something great, something to work for, and something to be proud of.

You’ve got to get experience in some way or another. You can’t expect to have a super tailored resume and hope that works out for you. You’ve got to get your hands dirty, you got to get the unpaid work first, and you must prove yourself. All the hard work you do, all the blood, sweat and tears, mixed with unpaid work – well, sometimes it’s hard to see if what you’re doing is really worth your time.

I’ve had those moments when I am so frustrated, where I’ve spread myself so thin for others that I can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. But the truth is, nothing goes unnoticed. People see when you put in the effort and if they don’t see it at first, do not give up because eventually they will or someone else will.

I’ve had moments before when I think I could just give up and find something else. I could be less creative, I could find something that paid me more, I could get a better, more consistent schedule but would that make me happy? Would that truly fill me up?

The answer is always no, because I want to be proud of my work, I want to stand for something. I want to be able to say I didn’t give up, I put my everything into this dream, and even though I didn’t always get paid for it and I wasn’t always told thank you, I got the most incredible experience out of it and I’m a stronger, smarter business woman because of it.

Don’t give up on your dream. Those desires were placed in your heart for a reason. Do not lose hope and don’t lose your vision. For all the times that your hard work goes unnoticed, live for that one moment when it doesn’t.

XOXO Taylor

This woman continues to hustle toward her dream of one day owning a fashion label, even if that means doing unpaid work when she's tired.

Taylor Arnold
Taylor Arnold is an Oklahoma native currently kicking it in the Big Apple. She travels the world by day and hangs with locals by night. She is inspired by fashion and different cultures from around the globe and is always on the hunt for the perfect shopping spots and authentic local flavor. She hopes her writings will entice and inspire you to set out and reach your ultimate FEMPotential. Keep up with her on Instagram!
Taylor Arnold

Taylor Arnold

Taylor Arnold is an Oklahoma native currently kicking it in the Big Apple. She travels the world by day and hangs with locals by night. She is inspired by fashion and different cultures from around the globe and is always on the hunt for the perfect shopping spots and authentic local flavor. She hopes her writings will entice and inspire you to set out and reach your ultimate FEMPotential. Keep up with her on Instagram!

2 thoughts on “Keep Hustling Toward That Dream

  • July 25, 2016 at 1:43 pm
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    Thank you! I needed this today as I also am wearing many hats right now in order to fulfill my dreams!

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  • July 14, 2016 at 11:53 am
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    Hi Taylor,
    Thanks for this post. It was a good reminder to keep my eyes on my goal. I left my job so that I can fulfill my dream, which is to guide college students in making that seamless transition into their professional careers. I wanted to become that college mentor that I never had. Although my funds are running low — I hesitate to take ANY part-time job because as you mentioned, “I’ve had moments before when I think I could just give up and find something else. I could be less creative, I could find something that paid me more, I could get a better, more consistent schedule but would that make me happy? Would that truly fill me up? The answer is always no, because I want to be proud of my work, I want to stand for something.” I admit that I still have doubts. With no experience as a career development advisor…who would hire me? I have thought about working for free and yes…I have thought, “Am I being a fool? Am I wasting my time? Maybe I can get paid, but I am just not selling myself as well as I possibly can.” Now, as I think about it – many people do not pursue their dreams because there are no quick wins or guarantees. Then again, like you said, “You’ve got to get your hands dirty, you got to get the unpaid work first, and you must prove yourself.” I have worked in a few places and always felt that I worked harder than I was being compensated. So what difference does it make to work for free…to hustle for me? Do I want a quick win or a long-term satisfying career? As the wise say, “Nothing worth having comes easy.” I am tired of people telling me how much I am worth because of the knowledge/experience that I do or don’t have. I am tired of setting myself on low standards because I am afraid that I am not good enough. I think it is about time that we turn the tables and take ownership of the gifts that were given to us at birth. As you stated, “Don’t give up on your dream. Those desires were placed in your heart for a reason.” I ignored and denied this dream for the last two years. Until to this day — it visits me daily like a ghost that will not have its peace because there is unfinished business. Anyway, I look forward to the day when your hustlin’ paid off. Keep slayin’ until you’re recognized as queen of your own fashion label! I end it here with your motto, “Do it with passion or don’t do it at all!”

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