Have you ever had somebody telling you that you’re not good enough? That you’re sure to fail? That it’s just not possible for you?
I’ve heard those things more times than I can remember and it held me back for a long time. The problem was that I believed them.
I believed… my acting tutor when she told me I just didn’t have it.
I believed… my dance teacher when she told me I didn’t have a chance.
I believed… my English teacher when he told me my writing was not up to standard.
I believed… an ex-business partner when she told me I wasn’t capable of running a business.
I believed… the people who told me that it was ‘impossible’ to produce a feature film on such limited budget and time.
I believed… the people who told me that I would not be taken seriously, and sniggered at me like I was a silly little girl when I told them my plans.
I believed… the business coach who told me that my business model was severely flawed and would not work.
Do you know when I actually started getting somewhere? When I realized that other people had no right to decide what I was capable of, and I decided to believe in myself instead.
You see, up until then I believed that other people’s opinions were fact, and so I made them a reality. Then one day I had a ‘F*** it’ moment and decided that only I get to decide what I can and can’t do.
Other people will have their own beliefs and opinions, and do you know what? That’s fine. You can’t control what other people think or say. Just don’t allow them to become your reality. THAT you can control.
You weren’t born to be ordinary… You were born to shine!
Eirian Cohen | “I help new actors to fly into the industry like silver bullets. What you believe, you will achieve” | Founder of Northern Star Acting and co-producer of ESG Media, LTD