Last Sunday I had a blast at the Big Sean concert in Santa Ana, California. I literally screamed and sang the entire show. When my favorite song, Bounce Back, came on I lit up with joy. As soon as I heard the line, “The underdog just turned into the wolf”, I remembered when I had one of those moments.
Back in high school, I was actually considered the nerd and teacher’s pet. I was the student to do my homework on time, respect the teacher and be obedient to authority. Though these are things that should be done, it’s not always cool to do them. Throughout my entire middle school and high school years, there was lots of teasing and embarrassing moments because at a young age, I made the decision to be focused and become an entrepreneur at just 13 years old. I didn’t do what every other normal teens my age were doing, so it made me a target. While they were having sleepovers, I was reading books and studying the keys to having a successful business.
Basically, making a decision to skip the party and start a business came with a lot of pressure, but it was well worth it. Letting go of the embarrassment and caring so much about what people thought at the time, helped me to push forward with my purpose and get focused on the end goal, which was to be a success now and not later.
Fast forward to college, I decided to go big and start another company, Superstar Nail Lacquer. Throughout my entire 4 years at Michigan State University, I built a successful international brand that has been featured in Glamour, US Weekly, Life & Style, Ambassador Magazine, various TV stations and on celebs like, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and so many more. Before I even graduated from State, my TV interview with Black Enterprise was being added to the curriculum for the business college…How cool!
In the most humble way possible, I could go on about the opportunities that have come my way from staying focused on my dreams and purpose in life. What I’ve found over the years is that the same people who teased or dissed me in school, are now trying to “pick my brain” on how they can get on track with their dreams and desires. I can definitely say in this moment that the “Underdog turned into the Wolf”, and that’s why this jacket means so much to me. It’s a representation of making certain sacrifices that seemed hard at the time, but turned out to be best for my life.
Do you have a moment in your life when you were considered the underdog but came out on top? I want to hear all about it below!
*Jacket: Big Sean Shop (Available on the “I decided” Tour OR at BigSeanShop.com)