Follow your gut

The other day I had the pleasure of being interviewed for an upcoming book. The real win here was that I had the chance to tell part of my story of where I came from and how I got here. I was able to relive some of the harder moments on my journey and share insights about what it takes to succeed, especially in one of the toughest cities in the world.

And the fact that I even had that opportunity to share such a story is an honor in and of itself.

What I was reminded of as I shared my tale of rationing food and Craigslist hustling (for business clients folks, get your minds out of the gutter) was that there's a darkness that we try to avoid and at times run from.

Somewhere inside of us we remember a time where we struggled and for many of us we vow to never to return to that place. Ironically enough, our desires, visions and dreams many times will take us down a path where we perceive the potential for great discomfort.

And we cringe, because we just don't want to go back there.

Not to ramen noodles, not to rationing food, not to wondering how you would pay next month's rent or how to get out of the hood.

No, you won't go back.

But that darkness we fear can only exist in the face of resistance, meaning, we can only fear what we won't lean into.

What we won't go closer to examine.

Your gut is a signal telling you the direction to take.

Faith and hope are what get you to the other side of that eery forest.

And the knowing that you can change your perspective at any given moment about that dark forest is what will make the ride more enjoyable.

I am so grateful that I have had the chance to grow from $13,000 a year (or less) to almost six figures.

Where I now have a 5 bedroom apartment as opposed to a room in a house far up in the Bronx.

But more than the house and money, what I'm really grateful for is believing in myself to take the risks necessary to get here.

And that after everything, I was lucky enough to share a piece of my world with people I respect.

We will  never know how things are going to turn out, not really.

So what do you have to lose today by trying?

By loving?

By daring?

By failing?

By living?


So what are you waiting for?

p.s. I felt so grateful after that interview that I decided to give something away (for free). For the next week, you'll be able to attend this class for free. It's digital, it's awesome and it will change your life. Use the code FREE and go here to cash it in.

And share it with those you love who would find it useful :)

Business, LifeLalita Ballesteros