To universalize my experience would be a mistake.
To merely take inspiration from it, less so.
I cannot grant everyone the conditions for success that I’ve been granted or achieved, and yes, there are plenty of things in both categories. While I’ve had years to build up skill sets and talents, there are also conditions working in my favor that I had no part in, such as being an American or having educated parents that had high expectations for me.
There are many different ways to read what I’ve written. I think by now you should know me well enough to know that I enjoy Medium as a creative outlet more than a resume. My intent for writing this piece was not to brag, as I’ve been accused of a few times, but instead to answer the ton of questions pouring in from Twitter in my mentions and my DMs.
Further, I haven’t yet achieved what I would consider to be “success,” and if this piece comes off as bragging that I have, I’ve made an error. I certainly have had more opportunities come my way through changing my mindset, yes.
But there’s a key difference between opportunity and success — delivery. I have projects lined up now that will help shape the first into the latter — as long as I deliver. So if you pardon me, I’m going to get back to work!
Wishing you the best, A.