No one gets through life alone. No one makes it to the metaphorical “top” alone. We all rely on the counsel of friends, advisors, professors, parents, even to strangers we meet on a bus, that helped us get through some piece of our life.
Some of you may know, College Hill Custom Threads is a very young company, 4 years old to be exact. But it’s a company making headway nationwide, on 280 campuses in 50 states and employed by mostly 20 something year olds with a dream and a passion all sparked by some life lesson bestowed on them by someone else. Through a series of blogs, I will dive into the “The Best Advice” College Hill’s young yet driven employees have received and wanted to share. Enjoy Volume 1!
“Don’t Compare your Chapter 1. to someone else's Chapter 5, Chapter 17 or Chapter 52.”
When you are young, life sometimes hits you hardest when you look around and notice you're not exactly where you want to be. You may not notice you do it, but you do. We all do. We begin to compare ourselves to those around us. Who you graduated with, your college peers, celebrities, some random Instagram account, your parents even. We tend to forget their life isn't our journey, like Chris said, “The best parts of success are looking back at where you started. And there is nothing wrong with working hard or struggling through life at times.” Your story is your story, every single chapter of it. Appreciate the beginning, the middle and enjoy the read at the end, because by then, you deserve it.
"The only thing you can control on your tombstone is the dash between the two dates. Make sure it means something."
You never know what life is going to hand you. But deciding what you are going to hand life is another thing. We all are guilty of getting tangled up in the little things, that seem like a huge F***ing deal at one point. And you know what, maybe it is a huge deal, maybe it’s life changing, but the big picture, the real picture is all summed up in that dash. Never get stuck, or get stuck, but make it count. Make it meaningful. Make it worthy of that dash.
“Invest in as much of yourself as you can, you are your own biggest asset by far.”
From your time, to your body, to your mind, you are you, and I am me and that’s all we truly have. From the day you are born and to the day you die, you decide to invest in yourself as much as you want. From education, relationships, health choices, careers, adventures and life lessons, I am a firm believer that we are responsible for taking as much out of life as possible and owning up to the fact we create who we are.
“If it was easy, everyone would do it, stay determined, educated, and open to change.”
The greatest people are the ones that are always looking forward, always developing into the best version of themselves. The one person you should never give up on is, you guessed it, yourself. If you really want something, find a way to make it happen, set goals, and align yourself with positive forward thinking individuals. Do that and nothing is impossible.
“Give, expecting nothing thereof.”
As much as we are young and full of wants and desires, a huge part of the journey of life is giving back to the people we love and to the people we have yet to meet. Stay humble as you stumble through life and remember that people are just humans too. If you have the means to give back, do it! From donations, to time, to a smile or a joke that makes someones day, give back to the world simply because you are capable.