“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Thomas A. Edison

Perseverance has been a common theme throughout my life, from pursuing my career as a Journalist to continuing to apply for jobs after being unemployed for five years. Being employed and having a career is something that is instilled into us as we are growing up, consistently being asked “what do you want to be when you’re older?” we are made to feel that a career defines who we are. Whether we leave school and go straight into work, College or University, the aim is to have a successful career and be lucky enough to enjoy what you do.

Ten years ago I’d completed an HND Media Studies Course and not long after started working voluntarily for a National Newspaper called New Nation. I was in my element, from a young age, I always wanted to work in the media industry.

I remember being nine years old watching presenter Fab 5 Freddy on an MTV music show called ‘Yo MTV Raps’ and that was it, I wanted to be a TV Presenter.

As I got older, I found that my talent was writing and so I pursued being a Journalist and New Nation was the first and longest placement that I had. I worked there three days a week whilst working as a Cashier. I’m an entertainment news enthusiast (nice way of saying nosey!) and I would contribute weekly to the entertainment news page.

I didn’t get paid (only for my travel) but I didn’t even care, that’s how much I loved what I did. I got to attend award shows, everything was V.I.P, I was starting to progress, I had my own double page spread (I was so proud) I’d been there almost a year, things were looking promising, and there was talk of me gaining employment there as a Journalist.

Then suddenly it ended and my services were no longer needed. The carpet had been pulled from under me, I still had my part time job so I continued working there whilst doing work experience placements for various other magazines.

So many times I have wanted to give up on my dreams of being a Journalist but I always seem to come back. Through the years I have learned the true meaning of perseverance, having to keep going when I don’t feel like it, continuing to pursue my dreams, knocking on doors that were firmly shut in my face- being so close but not quite there.

What has given me perseverance? Passion for writing, strength from God, watching other people including my mother who always perseveres through life’s obstacles and in turn showed me how to do the same. My advice to people who have a dream that they want to pursue is to keep trying, don’t give up.

Many people have various jobs that they do, one for financial reasons and the other may or may not be financially rewarding but it’s something that they are passionate about and would still do, even if they weren’t getting paid to do it. Also if you keep getting no’s I would recommend setting up your own business and then have people coming to you for your services.

After years of disappointments, I decided to take fate by the hand and instead of looking outside of myself to pursue my dreams, I went on the inside to create my own entertainment website.

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