By Amaranthia Gittens-Jones, Guest Blogger
“You said, 'They’re harmless dreamers and they’re loved by the people.' 'What,' I asked you, 'is harmless about a dreamer, and what,' I asked you, 'is harmless about the love of the people? Revolution only needs good dreamers who remember their dreams.”
I dreamed of becoming an artist from an early age and am determined to find a way to create my own business involving art. This was my vision since I was eight years old. I struggled to reach my ambitions because of people outside of my family telling me I 'shouldn't do art,' 'you should become a scientist,' and 'wait till you're 18.'
This year, I was able to open a small business on Etsy, allowing me to sell my ‘fox art.’ Even though this was an enormous advancement for me, there was a dilemma. There were many obstacles preventing me from opening the shop, even on the day it was going live.
I had to think deeply about what I was going to put on the shop, and had ideas and prototypes that didn't work. Promotion, pricing, and delivery ideas had to be considered for the business.
The shop opening was rescheduled because my parents' credit card information was hacked and stolen. This caused a major setback, making it so I couldn’t upload the shop for days. I feared my dream would be put on hold.
I couldn't believe how many things were blocking me from creating a business, but I discovered that this is part of the experience of becoming an entrepreneur. There are people or situations discouraging you every step of the way. Having a dream and a concept is only the beginning, but not the end. You must remain open to change and ask for help and guidance. If something does not work, change it. Not everything you envision will thrive. It is important to keep trying and not be disheartened.
Pursue Your Dreams by Amaranthia Gittens-Jones
Recently I watched a short, inspiring video on YouTube by a famous gamer. In the video, he talked about a meet up with other online celebrities. Most of these celebrities started with barely anything, only a cheap camera and other inexpensive materials. They didn't let others discourage them, and each gradually built up a following. The meet up celebrated their accomplishments and their ability to be imaginative and create a career that many think is impossible. He told his viewers this event opened his eyes, helping him recognize the importance of not giving into negative pressure from others. He suggested they develop ideas and encourage each other to become entrepreneurs in their own crafts.
After what I recently went through, the video was truly an inspiration. It helped me understand the importance of pursuing your dreams, and supporting others no matter what people say. I've come to understand the importance of having faith and the relevance of trial and error. Finding my footing as an aspiring entrepreneur is not easy but I have to keep going, trying and learning.
I plan to take high school classes in entrepreneurship and marketing to understand more about business. My family and online teachers are helpful and supportive. In order for your dream to become reality, you must have courage to do the unimaginable, and have relentless determination to be successful.
I'll end with this uplifting quote by Pope John XXIII:
Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.
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Amaranthia Sepia Gittens-Jones is a homeschooled 15 year old. She aspires to be a comic book and graphic artist. Her goal is to finish her graphic novel/fantasy novel ‘Whimsy’ by the end of high school and to become a successful writer and artist.
Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/FoxesAndThings
Check out her Interview with Craft Gossip Magazine: http://indiecrafts.craftgossip.com/2015/05/05/interview-with-amasepiachan-artworks/