Throughout our journey with Voyage, the one thing we have learned over and over is that hidden within every challenge is a blessing or opportunity. It’s up to us to determine whether a challenge we face will be a step back or the catalyst for a step forward.
We had the honor of connecting with some of the city’s brightest leaders and role models and we asked them our question of the month: What is the best advice you have for someone who feels like they are facing insurmountable odds.
Below, you’ll find their advice and links and other info so you can learn more about them, their work and how to connect with them. We’ll be interviewing many of these amazing individuals in the coming weeks, stay tuned.
Bryttany Barrick | Fashion Enthusiast & Owner of Bryttany Bee Boutique
The best advice I could give for someone who is facing insurmountable odds is to stay calm, and stay focused. It sounds easier said than done, but even the smallest steps count. One thing that I’ve done to remain grounded at a time like that is keep a small notebook with me to help organize my thoughts. Even just writing out a checklist helps significantly. Take things day by day, one step at a time, and before you know it, the odds will be in your favor.
Dillon Potts | Videographer & Photographer
The best advice I can for someone who feels they are facing insurmountable odds is to remind yourself of your value, accept that failure is part of the chase, give every opportunity your all, and overall be the best version of yourself and in turn, you will find yourself achieving what you once thought was impossible.
De’Arion “DJ SaucyD” Wafer | DJ & Upcoming Producer
To answer this question, I say nothing is too impossible to conquer nor is it too great to overcome. You can achieve anything you put your mind to because you’re in control. Those odds you are facing can make you doubt yourself, make you feel like you won’t amount to anything, and make you lose all motivation for what you want to do. But, you should face these odds head on and set out to do what you want, find your purpose, and find your passion. You’ll feel like you can conquer anything once you do this. Motivate yourself, surround yourself with positive energy, and those that support you in all that you do.
I figured this out by the obstacles I went through this past year. I have dealt with failure, adversity, heartbreak, the closest people around me bringing me down, and even losing friends. I know you may have gone through the same things because it’s life. We all face at least one or all of these obstacles. I gave these examples to express the fact that those insurmountable odds were hindering me from moving forward. You may feel the same. In the midst of my hardships I found myself and my passion: music. I became a DJ and I am now venturing into music production. I have networked with amazing people, gotten noticed for my craft, and my business is booming! I can’t seem to catch a break during the weekends and I love every bit of it. Also, I recently graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from UNT Dallas at the age of 20. I beat the odds. Anything is possible.
Mercedes Davis Sr. | Founder of Intelligent Minds and Author of the Kingdom Of Heaven
I would just say don’t give up there is no point on going back to square one when you prayed to be where you are now you might not be where you want to be but the gap between who you are and who you want to be is a lot smaller then it used to be.
Thottie Jay | American rapper,Singer & Songwriter
God will never give you more than you can handle. Take things one step at a time and remember; you are bigger than the obstacles that are being thrown your way.
Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/thottie-jay/1425228905
Diana Padrón | Professional model & owner of Lollitalo Handmade Gifts
From my own experience, I would say that God does not give us battles that we cannot combat , so we must rely on the adversities of life and see each disappointment as an experience and learn from it. Always think positive to bring light and love where you need it most. Your mindset shapes your life, and if you choose to see obstacles you will see only obstacles, but if you focus on a solution a clear path will present itself.
And remember that in the end everything will be fine and if it is not, it is because the end has not come yet.
“You’re gonna be happy” said life, but first I’ll make you strong.
Tylor Herbert | Photographer, Owner of Tylor Michelle Photography
The best advice I can give is to change your attitude. To know that you are capable of anything and are capable to overcome anything you set your mind to is key. Make small steps towards your goal and always remember that even the small steps are a step forward.
Fredrick Henry | Dallas local
God gave you what you can handle. Life cannot deny someone who gives it their absolute all.
Steezie Stee The Brute | Rap Artist / Model
Stay strong and patient life wasn’t meant to be easy but if God ain’t give up on you then you shouldn’t give up on yourself and tackle reality passionately.
Instagram: @SteezieStee @Reverbnation
Austin Snodgrass | Photographer
The best advice I would give to someone who feels like they are facing insurmountable odds would be to never forget your value and how much you have to contribute. Don’t compare yourself. Most of my battles with growing as a photographer have come from comparing myself to other creators and creatives. Rely not just on yourself, but on those closest to you that you trust. Insurmountable odds seem less daunting when you have a team of friends cheering you on that believe in you. Another piece of advice I would give is to be aware of your mindset. Instead of thinking, “I don’t know if I can do this”, think “I can do this. It’s going to be rough and I might fail once or twice, but I’m going to put in the work necessary to do this”. My favorite quote of all time is “You did not wake up today to be mediocre”. I’m also a believer that your dreams are only as crazy as the work you’re willing to put in to achieve them. All of this to say, when you feel like odds are stacked against you, take a look at your mindset and the people you trust the most. It just might change your perspective.
Edward Sena | Photographer and Graphic Designer
Go all out, if you tell yourself you can’t do it then how will you ever persevere and get stronger. There will always be obstacles and negatives, surround yourself with people who believe in you and will be there through all odds, through all situations. When I had to withdraw from college I was nearly homeless and stuck in Pennsylvania, 1,500 miles away from home, a friend let me stay at his home while I tried to get everything back on track. The right group of people can turn any negative odds positive, no matter how slightly they may turn.
Maggie Bryant | Photographer, Creative, Leadership Consultant at Life Leadership
Courage doesn’t always roar; sometimes, it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day saying I will try again tomorrow.” When I face seemingly insurmountable odds I try to remember to just take the next step. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when looking at the big picture, but when I break it down into small bite sized pieces it allows me to get wins along the way which then inspires & motivates me to do more!
Andres Gutierrez | Conceptual portrait photographer
My advice for anyone facing any insurmountable odds is to always remember no one has ever achieved something great without trying. So even against all odds you will achieve what you think is the impossible. You must take any negative energy and turn it into positivity to believe in yourself. Use any doubt you have against you as fuel to become better than the goals you have set. There are also lessons to be learned from failing, learn and grow from it. It takes time and dedication but when you want to overcome something you must work for it and the rest will work itself out.
Emerson Funes | photographer & Outcast
Keep fighting no matter how hard it is because you will gain so much more then you expect in the beginning. It will help you become better and strong.
Kelly Vega | Video producer & Photographer
I’ve learned that every experience, both the good and the bad will eventually get you to where you are supposed to be. Every win, every loss and every mistake. Don’t be afraid to fail at something new and don’t be so hard on yourself for feeling lost, confused or like you haven’t achieved all that you wanted to achieve. Don’t expect success overnight, be patient and focus your energy and emotions on the things you can control. You have passion and you are beautifully gifted. Work hard, explore your deeper self and show yourself what you’re capable of.
Mogli (Logan Estrada) | Pizzaiolo & Producer/DJ
The best advice I could have for someone who feels like they are facing insurmountable odds would be to “take a step back and face everything one at a time, one after the other.”
Shane McCormick | Photographer, Artist & Problem Solver
I have faced insurmountable odds more than I’d like to admit. There is a lot of pressure that comes with being a photographer in an oversaturated environment. Over time, I have learned to work well under pressure, but that wasn’t always the case. A quote I like to think about from time to time is “who you are is defined by what you’re willing to struggle for.” If you choose your battles wisely and learn from your mistakes consciously, you may find that the odds you face become less and less insurmountable. When you’re stressed out, under pressure, or feeling like you’re not good enough, take a moment to look yourself in the mirror and say, “you got this.” When I tell myself this I tend to forget about the problems I’m facing and go into the situation more confident and energized than before.
Antonio Acosta | Photographer
As for the advice, I would say to break down those odds into smaller so they are more manageable to handle and focus on one at a time as to not overwhelm yourself.
Peytan (E-KYD) Ivory | Recording Artist/ Creator
Alright, so the best advice I can give. I have a few things to share; First things first I have to state its all a mind game at the end of the day. Knowing that information, you have to attack it internally. Even though all the destruction is happening externally in your physical reality.
Tip #1: Don’t take it personal. I know when you’re going through something you can feel all alone and personally attacked, but thats not the case at all. As people we are really good at masking our pain. It might look like someone has it all together and all the answers but that could be a facade. Pretty much we are all in the same boat at the end of the day. We all have something we’re trying to overcome. You’re not alone in the struggle.
Tip #2: Don’t take it to heart and let it encrypt your spirit. You never want your heart to grow weary and heavy. You need to keep your heart pure at all times. Once something has taken ahold there it’s pretty much solidified. I don’t consider myself religious, just more spiritual but a good proverb to keep close- “Guard your heart with all diligence, then from it flow springs of life.” You don’t want to accept the odds – as fact in your heart because you could possibly open the door to more crisis within your realm.
Tip# 3: Take a look back and see all that you’ve overcome in your past and let that give you the confidence to pull through. This too shall past type of vibe. Life is all about overcoming. We’ve been overcoming odds since we were children. Try to think back to a situation that you were able to grow from and remember the steps you took to make it out. Thats what I do. When the climb to the top is getting too grimy for me I look back at all the things I’ve managed to pull through and I tell myself if I can make it to where I am now I can get to where I’m trying to go.
Tip #4: Have a “Light At The End Of The Tunnel” mentality. Pretty much you’re in this dark tunnel, you wanna always have your mind set to I’m going to make it to the light. I know there is light at the end of this tunnel type of thinking. You have to KNOW that you’re going to make it to the light regardless what is going on. No matter what darkness is surrounding you. You have to DESIRE the light. If you don’t have that deep seated belief you’re going to be stuck in the tunnel. Its your decision. Be stuck in that darkness or get to the light no matter what.
Tip #5: Go out and have fun! Take your mind off all the heavy stuff. Go out with your friends or if you have no one go out alone. Try to enjoy the moment while you’re out. Forget all that you gotta deal with for a few hours and just enjoy being. Try to put into perspective the grand scheme of things which is we don’t have control of a lot of the things we go through and understand life didn’t come with a blueprint – knowing that, try to let go and just be for a while until the solution comes. Remember within your being that the answer WILL come.
Ronnie Cade | Content Creator
For anyone who feels like they’re facing insurmountable odds, I say to persist and tap into your creativity. If there’s a will, there is always a way. You may just need to think outside the box in order to beat the odds.
Darby Mcvay | Videographer & Content Creator
My advice to someone that feels like they’re facing insurmountable odds is purely this; just keep going. No matter how many people say no, no matter what the odds are, if you have something you’re passionate about and you believe in it, never ever give up. All an idea needs is the right opportunity, the right timing, yours will come.
Jose Patino | Photographer & Videographer
Stay consistent on the course to your goal and if you need to, take a few minutes to relax and remind yourself why you began this journey. History has proven that greatness takes time and only those who are willing to push through and sacrifice are those that reach success. After all, if it was easy everyone would do it right?
Angeles | Business Owner
The best advice I can give for someone who feels like they are facing insurmountable odds is to have courage in yourself, hustle hard, and stay positive. You can truly conquer whatever you put your mind to.
Shun | Designer/Creator of THE MOVEMENT
We must never forget who our Creator is!
Anai Garza | Food Enthusiast and Baker
I would advise that person that you have to take it day by day because you only live once and life’s too short to not enjoy it. Find yourself a supportive close-circle in friends and family that shares your views and goals and always remember every day to take some time to pamper and take care of yourself by doing something small you really like such a meal you enjoy, mediation, working out, or eating a dessert, you’ve earned it by working every day to overcome your odds.
Ryan Daniel, D.D.S.
You were born to be a beacon of light. You were born to overcome any fear or any fright. You were born with the heart, will, & passion to never give up, & fight. If they say there is no way, you make it. Never ask for permission to be great, you just take it.