Why I’m like this…

Wow, it’s been some time since I last posted. Quick update, I’m currently sitting in a graduate housing apartment complex in Austin, Texas. You’re not mistaken, that is in the United States of America. The wonderful home to the sunshine state (Florida, not Texas) and its equally vibrant President. Where I am couldn’t be further from your British imagination. Imagine East London or a trendy, gentrified area near you and move it to the USA. Now quadruple the portion sizes and increase the energy of people’s mojo. Welcome to ATX.

The reason I’m sitting in a graduate housing complex although I’m an undergraduate exchange student is a completely another story, well funny I mentioned it, if you want to know the story, I’ve provided the link here: https://www.dailytexanonline.com/2017/08/30/ut-housing-woes-spread-internationally

Journalism has been going well, although I would think if I was still in the UK that it would be going a lot faster. I understand and appreciate that business will come and go but sometimes its hard to accept that life is getting in the way. My global reach mindset remains solidly imprinted in my vision, I’ve now been published in 7 countries on 3 continents and I’m still not satisfied. The aspiration is to have been published in 10 more countries by my 21st birthday (which is in September guys so remember to send me some prezzies) and the goal after that is limitless. I wrote out my goals for the next years and they include being published in a national newspaper such as the NY Times or the Guardian, worked and wrote in a socially underdeveloped country and published a short stories anthrology. There is one thing that I haven’t mentioned about my future plans, but I’ll hold fire. That very something could change the dynamic of my career and others too, it could be very big or very localised, either or; I’m going to work my hardest to make it a reality.

Otherwise life is pretty good, it’s hard being so far from home but I learn something new everyday and have met some fascinating people. It sounds cliche but it’s something that keeps me going, the thought of socialising with new people every day and sharing my story.

People ask me all the time; ‘Why are you so motivated?’ or ‘How can you be so driven?’, my answer is often anticlimactic and neutral, “I don’t know”. That’s a lie, I do actually know but I don’t like to share it for the thought of acting egoistical and arrogant. I feel that I don’t want to impose my philosophy on others and if I was to share this, it would be an ultimatum which I really don’t want to spread. But oftentimes I think about how I can progress further, I find myself stuck at a wall. I do way too much all the time to be able to do something new. I just recently rejected the opportunity to write for Thomas Cook for hotel descriptions which paid over £30 per post. That was hard for me, it’s such a good resume builder but I just couldn’t.

The simple reason as to why am I the way I am is because I was brought up completely uniquely to anyone else. What do I mean? I’m an only child and so my experience of growing up was completely independent of anyone except my parents. I don’t have a brother or sister that could share similar memories. I’m not complaining, I’m just telling you how it is. I’m grateful for everything my parents have ever given me and I wouldn’t change my life for the world. In turn, the way I see the world around me is unique. This is the same for people with brothers and sisters too, everyone’s worldview is marginally different from each other. It’s hard to explain but I had a lot of academic distress, where I expected the world of myself and didn’t achieve nothing, you can read about that here: http://uk.blastingnews.com/education/2017/08/results-day-why-people-are-right-to-say-it-defines-you-001899751.html

Essentially, this felt like I was always on the back burner and that I had to prove to myself and my peers that I was going to be something. Then I got to university and it all clicked. My journalism career started on the 4th November 2016 and I was off. You know the story because I’m so proud of myself in my ability to break free from societal expectations and do my own thing.

So there’s no formula to my determination, the only thing I can say is that, this is just the beginning. It’s not even been a year since I started my journalism career but I know have a book and countless published print and digital articles. Hard work often pays off for those who want it.

My last words will be short and sweet.

Walk the walk, don’t just be that idiot that talks the talk…

I’m out



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Danial Naqvi

Joint PhD Candidate Business & Management at Manchester & Melbourne| MSc UCL Science, Technology and Society | BA (Hons) QMUL Human Geography |