What I’ve Seen

Above all the funny things Mindy has said, and the ones I’ve chosen to draw, this quote is my favourite. I know it might come as a slight disappointment because her words usually make you laugh (at least a little bit, if not, lighten up — jeez). But this one is serious, which might seem weird, coming from the mouth of such a funny woman.

The reason I’m such a big fan of Ms. Kaling isn’t because she’s funny, it’s because she works hard and produces great work. Not all people may share the same opinion but everyone is entitled to set their own role models or mentors.

About a year ago now, I quit my full time job to pursue what people may call “waking up everyday and doing what you love.” In full transparency, I had no idea what I was doing but I felt that it was the right thing to do at that time in my life. I wrote a business plan, accompanied by a riveting Power Point Presentation, and sat my parents down to tell them.

I was clambering through my presentation until the last slide came up. It was words overlaid on a pixilated picture of Mindy that I screen shotted from an InStyle post on my Instagram feed. “What I’ve Seen About People Who Are Truly Successful Is That They Work Harder Than Anyone Else,” were the last words I said to my parents as I finished my spiel of how I was quitting my good, completely stable job to take a year off to draw letters. I know this all sounds quite dramatic, but to me, it was. It was a big, scary moment. My parents aren’t the free spirited-go-with-the-flow-type. I love them dearly but I knew I wasn’t going to get the “That sounds great dear, go follow your dreams” response. Rhyming off these words from Mindy gave me the ability to finish the presentation on a confident note. As my dad looked at me puzzled and my mom’s face had pure worry written all over it, I was able to have confidence in my decision. I knew that I was going to work hard and that’s all I needed. “Well, just don’t come crawling to us for rent money,” my dad said. And for those who don’t know my parents, that meant it went well.

So this quote serves as a reminder to me that you get as much out of something as you put into it. If you don’t work hard, nothing happens. At least that’s what I’ve learned in real time. Some days when I wake up, I don’t feel motivated and I really have to push myself. Some days I just don’t want to work hard. Then I look at the days where I did and I’m reminded that the result felt so much better. Actually, the reason I recently drew this quote is because I needed the reminder. So thank you to such a funny person for lending me some serious words of wisdom. They have definitely helped me along my path that I have been clearing.**

**See other InStyle Mindy Kaling Quote: “If you don’t see a clear path for what you want, sometimes you have to make it yourself” (FYI- you wouldn’t think but InStyle’s Instagram feed has some really great motivational material).