Lately I've been tested a bit more than usual, in many different ways, mostly professionally, relative to my business. The same business that also happens to be one of the most important journeys that I am currently on, professionally-- to change today's high school media, for the better, through the use of technology.
To some, this journey may be a business, it may be a job, it may be a sport, or it may be a relationship, but ultimately, it's all the same. It's essentially something that you've embarked on, without looking back. It's something that throws challenges out at you consistently, some tougher than the others, and it's something that makes you question your very own intuition, day in, and day out.
These challenges sometimes make you question whether what you are doing even makes sense. They sometimes make you feel so uncomfortable and put you in a tight squeeze, such as having to decide whether to leave your family behind and move for your job, or such as having to decide whether or not to change the whole direction of your business for a potential partnership, or such as risking your whole college career on a sport. On top of it, these challenges even sometimes overflow into your personal life and start affecting many other things, besides your professional journey.
Well today, take it from someone who has been tested professionally, and sometimes as a result, personally, to always remember to follow your intuition. No matter how daunting it sometimes may be, or no matter how much you may get tested along the way, stick with it.
Do not ever sell yourself short, and do not ever give in to someone telling you that you are crazy for doing something. I don't care what it is that may be taking you away from your intuition, whether it be a potential business opportunity, whether it be your boss doing things in a way that you don't agree with, or whether it be a friend not looking out for your best interest, always remember to believe in yourself.
Speaking from my own personal experience, I can tell you that following my intuition, no matter how many times I've stumbled along the way, both professionally and personally, has made me who I am today. It has allowed me to become a better person with myself, my colleagues, and with my friends, with every day that goes on. So make sure, if you already do not, starting today, to follow what you believe in, and let yourself become a better person as a result of doing that. Do what you want to do. Not what you "think" you should be doing, or what others "think" you should be doing. After all, you know yourself better than anyone else. Plain and simple, don't be afraid of what others think of you, because most of the time, worrying about that won't make you happy at the end of the day. I know if I listened to most people around me along my journey (not all, but most), that I wouldn't be where I am today.
Moral of the story: in every aspect of life, do you.