I was never a straight-A student. I was always one of those average students in high-school and university, I never excelled at anything. Long after graduating, I kept feeling like the average student from high school. This might explain why I never had any career ambitions, there was never a single thing I was good at.
And then I started working. Suddenly I discovered I had unique skills, like great memory, being able to multi-task, I was a quick-learner and even quicker do-er. I started getting feedback from my co-workers, they were telling me how amazing I was! To me, it was an amazing experience! It was the first time in my life I was actually great at something! It affected me so much, that I developed my “I can learn and do anything I want” attitude. I may not be the best at everything- but I can learn whatever I want! And if you ask me- this is true for everyone else.
Photo by Smadar Kafri
The attitude that allows me to be open to new things is the “Why Not?” attitude. I think that the first time I used it was when I returned from my first South America trip, and this high-tech company I worked at as secretary, offered me to come back as Quality Assurance Engineer. Clearly, the first thing I said was “I know nothing about computers! I only know how to use the Internet and some Word…”
But they insisted and said they will teach me everything I need to know. Now, I was jobless, with a BA that was really useless… so what did I have to lose? I said Yes!
This first Yes, developed to a 10-year long career in different high-tech companies, in different positions. And I kept learning and developing with every job I had.
Photo by Daniel Dayag
If I didn’t have this “Why Not?” attitude, if I weren’t open to learning, or at least try to learn, new, skills, I wouldn’t have developed and progressed the way I have. I wouldn’t start my own fashion brand because I’d be afraid of the “What would happen if…” attitude. And just to make it clear, I didn’t succeed in learning everything I wanted and everything I tried. Obviously, I made mistakes, and there are things I’m sorry I couldn’t learn. But! I know I really tried, and I know that there’s time for everything. If I couldn’t learn something in the past, it doesn’t mean I won’t be able to learn it in the future (one day I will know how to program…)
I’m writing this post now, remembering that only 2 years ago I started working on my first collection. And I think about all the things I’ve learned since then, and the way I feel right now, at a peak of the learning curve. And I think about all the challenges I’m facing, old and new. And I think about the reality I’m facing when sometimes it feels like everywhere I turn the road is blocked.
And then I think about how I developed in these past 2 years, and I know I have what it takes to face these challenges, old and new.
Photo by Noa Maccabi