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All of us have dreams. Dreams of a better life, future, career, maybe even better relationships. But
what we all have in common is this: our dreams always start from somewhere. We have to start from
The path to success
As some of you know, I’m a writer living in Australia. For the past three months, I’ve been busy
trying to get my freelance writing career off the ground. After finishing a writing course by the
Australian Writers’ Centre, my work has appeared on some of Australia’s biggest news sites and I
am now being paid to write.
I’ve been working hard because it’s my dream to be published in magazines and newspapers. I want
to inspire readers with thought-provoking content one story at a time.
So to put it rather mildly, my days have been jam-packed with lots to do.
Remember your commitments
But as busy as I’ve been working from home, I haven’t forgotten about my other commitments – my
responsibilities as a wife, as a mother, as a daughter, as a sister, as a friend.
And I haven’t forgotten about my other writing commitments either.
I haven’t forgotten about my own blog – the readership who has always believed in my writing, long
before I even knew I wanted this for a career.
I haven’t forgotten about my social media followers – they have given me support, shared my work,
and encouraged me at times when I really needed it.
I haven’t forgotten about the parenting sites that I’m a regular columnist for – they’ve always given
me repeated exposure for my work.
And I haven’t forgotten about NYC Talking either – the versatile site that I get the pleasure of
writing on as of right now.
I don’t make money from my blog. I don’t get paid for my work on those parenting sites or here on
NYC Talking. But that doesn’t mean that I value this work any less than the work I get paid to do.
As busy as I have been with my personal and professional lives, I haven’t forgotten the people, the
sites, the communities that have helped to shape who I am today – who have gotten me to the stage
where my writing is right now.
Be appreciative of those who helped you
Fact is, there is no ‘I’ in team. We can’t do things alone.
Nobody can achieve success without people in their lives who support them, people who are willing
to give them a chance, people who provide them with opportunities.
And sometimes we need to be reminded not to forget.
If you’ve ever watched Australian television, you may have heard of the show, ‘Home and Away’. It
is one of our country’s longest running soap operas. For many Australian actors, being cast in this
show is a massive break and provides a great platform for your acting career.
But did you know that Melissa George of ‘Alias’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, and ‘The Amityville Horror’
fame got her big break on ‘Home and Away’?
And did you know that Isla Fisher of ‘Wedding Crashers’ fame, and married to Sacha Baron Cohen,
also got her break on that Australian series too?
Other than having their start on ‘Home and Away’, what do both Melissa and Isla have in common?
They both recently criticized the show that kicked off their acting career.
Melissa George recently said:
“I don’t need credibility from my country any more, I just need them all to be quiet. If they have
nothing intelligent to say, please don’t speak to me any more. I’d rather be having a croissant and
an espresso in Paris or walking my French bulldog in New York City.”
Kate Richie, who once starred in ‘Home and Away’ but has recently returned to the show, leapt to its
“It seems crazy not to be grateful. To distance myself completely, or turn my back on that show,
would be to not acknowledge a great deal of who I am. I could never do that.”
The late Heath Ledger, who was famous for ‘Brokeback Mountain’ and ‘The Dark Knight’, also
starred alongside Kate in ‘Home and Away’. He was one of Australia’s best exports to Hollywood,
but never succumbed to the fame. He adored Australia, and never forgot where he came from. I
think we could all take a leaf out of his book.
Never forget where you came from
No matter how rich you get, no matter how successful you become – never forget where you came
Never forget the people who stood by you during the good and bad times, the people who helped
you climb from the bottom in order to reach the top, the people who believed in you even when you
didn’t believe in yourself. The people who gave you opportunities when nobody else would.
Fame and fortune can only last so long, but true friendships can last forever.
Growing Up Bronx