I read a lot of Adweek now that I work in advertising. This particular article caught my eye not because of great advertising advice, but because my hero Mindy Kaling was featured. I’ve been a fan of hers ever since she wrote for the Office, back when I wanted to be a screenwriter and actress just like she is. While I’m not trying to pursue those dreams today, I’ve always found a way to relate to Mindy’s life. And her badass clothing choices. Her old shopping blog Things I Bought That I Like introduced me to J. Crew. For those of you who know me, it’s like giving Beethoven his first piano.
The article was your typical interview, but the title really made me think. “How to be unstoppable.” I’ve always found myself drawn to those hokey Pinterest quote-image-things that proclaim in glittery writing “GOAL DIGGER” or “Good things happen to those who hustle.” Hustle is something I’ve always thought I have inside of me somewhere – that ability to work hard and grind away at a goal, detractors be damned.
I was about to include a line about how I usually overanalyze things, try too hard to make elaborate plans and resist jumping in with both feet – but I deleted it. Because I am trying to be unstoppable, and those things sound an awful lot like excuses.
I want to be unstoppable, just like Mindy. I want to wake up and pursue what I love, be around the people I love, do the things I love doing for as long as I can. I’m not sure if Pinterest quotes hold the key to unstoppability, but my instincts tell me it’s more likely sitting next to my hustle game in the center of my heart.