Monday Motivation: Work Hard, Take Responsibility, Fulfill Dreams

We’re in election mode with election day being only a few weeks away.

Today I stumbled upon an interview by Cindi Leive, editor-in-chief of Glamour magazine, with Pres. Barack Obama. The article focuses on women’s issues, which makes sense since it’s target audience is women. However, I highly encourage you to check it out, which you can do here.

Cindi Leive interviews President Obama
Source: Glamour Magazine

In the interview, Obama said, “I’m not going to be satisfied until every young person who is willing to work hard and take responsibility can fulfill their dreams.”

This quote jumped out at me not only because it’s the foundation of the American dream, but also because, in times of high unemployment and countless employment rejections, it’s easy to take the pessimistic way out. It’s easy to blame the forces outside of your control, and sometimes they are to blame. But that shouldn’t stop you from fulfilling your dreams. And what’s more, that shouldn’t stop you from working hard.

Rejection builds character. So, remember, work hard, take responsibility for yourself and you’ll find your passion and fulfill your dreams. One day. One day, your hard work will pay off.

Please Note: This is not an endorsement of one candidate and does not intend to be. This post aims to share the fundamental principles of the American dream.

Book of the Week: Mockingjay

All great stories must come to an end and, unfortunately, I am two chapters away from the end. Thankfully, Katniss and her fellow tributes will light up the big screen in 31 days, as The Hunger Games movie is released.

Will the girl on fire survive? If so, will she choose Peeta or Gale? But before we jump into the romance, I should ask whether or not both Peeta and Gale will survive?

I don’t want to discuss the plot and spoil any secrets for those of you who haven’t read Mockingjay yet. Instead, I’ll discuss secrets of The Hunger Games film, which comes out March 23, courtesy of Glamour Magazine‘s March issue with Amanda Seyfried on the cover.

And here are some secrets from the film:

1. Jennifer Lawrence, who starred in the four-time Oscar nominated film, “Winter’s Bone,” beat out Abigail Breslin, Emma Roberts and Hailee Steinfeld for the role of Katniss Everdeen.

2. Lawrence trained with Olympic archer Khatuna Lorig to perfect her archery technique for the film — she shot about 100 arrows a day.

3. Let’s take a trip down memory lane — Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games, also wrote the Nickelodeon favorite TV show, “Clarissa Explains it All.” According to the magazine, Collins developed the concept for the book “while channel surfing between reality TV and actual war coverage.”

4. The movie required 35 full-time makeup artists, and more than 450 wigs were used to create the look for the movie. But Katniss’ look was much more low maintenance and only required 20 minutes to recreate her signature braid, as chronicled in the book.

5. Taylor Swift, one of my personal favorites, recently released the music video for “Safe & Sound,” which is featured on the movie’s soundtrack. As a person who is biased in regard to Taylor, I must admit this song is completely different sound  for her and truly showcases her vocal range. Don’t take my word for it, watch it below.

The soundtrack, which will be released on March 20, will feature songs from Arcade Fire, Miranda Lambert, Kid Cudi and Glen Hansard, among many other artists, according to The Hollywood Gossip.

Only one month until The Hunger Games — what to do until then?

The Hunger Games in the media:

The Hunger Games Beauty: Where Can we Get a Full Body Polish? Courtesy of Allure Magazine.

The Hunger Games’ stroke of marketing genius: Capitol Couture, an alternate reality fashion magazine via CultureMap — Houston

Jennifer Lawrence “Remarkable” in “The Hunger Games” — “Once in a generation, you find this kind of talent,” director Gary Ross says via MTV News

The Hunger Games: Theatrical Trailer #2 via The Hunger Games Movie official website

Source: Glamour Magazine

Mission Statement: ‘Set a Solid Course For Yourself and Embrace Life’

Source: Glamour Magazine

“We all know that life is about the journey, but having a destination in mind gives a sense of order, structure and, crucially, calm,” Bethenny Frankel said in the February issue of Glamour Magazine. “Plenty of people have a mission statement, even if they don’t call it that.”

Early on in her career, Frankel, author of “A Place of Yes” and reality star of “Bethenny Ever After,” realized she would determine her future, according to Glamour. And this is the mission statement she created:

You are destined for something special. But no one can do it for you, and no on can save you. You have to save yourself.

Frankel gave four easy steps for developing a mission statement:

  1. Think about what you want.
  2. Tell everyone or just write it down.
  3. Live your mission in which ever way you find meaningful.
  4. Envision everything you do as part of and supporting of your mission.

And here’s what I came up with:

  • Thanks to my public relations degree, I have developed a love for brands and branding, so I will use brands as a frame of reference. While brands must balance their employees, customers and investors to create brand trust, I must balance the three most important aspects of my life: Family and friends, professional growth and health, which includes mental, physical and emotional health, to create internal and external trust in myself. As I continue to evolve and change, the balance will also shift. But learning how to balance them is the name of the game.
  • Take responsibility and contribute to my destiny. You know what you want, which is to work in entertainment television, specifically in promotions and publicity. Don’t be afraid of your goals and do everything you can to achieve them. You are responsible for your own destiny (This one is similar to our favorite Skinnygirl’s mission statement, but it’s true).
  • Invest in myself and my friends and family. Let’s embrace each other and be the best we can be, together. Look at every opportunity as a learning experience.
  • Don’t take myself too seriously. It’s easy to get caught up in the stresses of our daily lives. But don’t forget to laugh (and dance!) A LOT!
  • And, finally, don’t apologize for being who you are. Bethenny said it best: “The more time someone spends hating me, the more I assume there’s something missing in her life, something she hates about herself.”

So here’s Bethenny’s final piece of advice: “Set a solid course for yourself. Then embrace everything life hands you–and when in doubt, consult your mission statement. It has the answer.”