What did I learn at 18 walking the streets of New York looking to break into the modeling business? I'm not sure that I could tell you back then. Looking back now if you ask me what I learned, I can give you a big list. Hindsight can be a good thing.
I learned to accept myself the way I am right at this minute knowing that I can change but giving myself a break that it can't happen overnight. To accept that others will never be the way I want them to be. Each person is unique and it is not my job to change them. I learned to focus on the positive because if I focus on negatives, I fail in what I am trying to accomplish. I also know that I am much happier when I don't compare myself to others. Do not envy! I am the best me. I can't be someone else. All of these realizations come from having a healthy mind. When my mind is focusing on the right things, the the world seems like a good place. If I am having a bad day, I take the focus off of me and my circumstance and help someone else. That always makes me feel better.
I had to learn to let words roll off my back. I could pick up and use certain criticisms to grow in the business and let others fall to the ground. I was around experts all day long. Sometimes I worked with different people on up to three different jobs a day. many words and criticisms were harsh! Mean. But I could use those words to become better too! I was getting the best advice from the best in the world as long as I didn't take it to heart and let those words stab me right in my weak spots.
We all have weak spots. We all have things we need to work on. We are put into situations to test us and stretch us into better people or worse depending on how we handle things. Look at your situation today. Accept that you are right where were are supposed to be. Be thankful in your situation. You never know, but one day you may look back and realize that it was the best thing for you! Hindsight!
For more on my modeling story you can purchase my book, "A Model for a Better Future" available on Amazon.