6 Things I Learned at the Transforming Hidden Talent Programme

It’s been a hectic week since returning from my surprise trip to HK but it’s also been one of the most inspiring week I’ve had so far — and it’s all thanks to attending Media Trust’s Transforming Hidden Talent Program.

As most of you know, I’ve been freelancing as a writer for almost a year now and for the last couple of months - though work has been getting more consistent - my perspective on my current path has become increasingly… negative. It felt like I was constantly aiming too high and not landing anywhere near where I wanted to be. I am hungry for growth and driven by my goals but the reality was that I wasn’t making much progress. Perhaps I was too optimistic and too naive but with every application rejected and most pitches leading to nowhere, I felt drained.

Now this is going to sound very cliche but yes, everything’s changed within this week. My perspective on things had a dramatic transformation. It’s like I’ve suddenly been struck with a lightbulb moment. What I once saw as rejection has shifted to become a lesson and what I thought was not enough became an achievement. It sounds odd and even silly writing that now but I can’t begin to tell you the relief or positivity that I’ve felt this week. It’s as if I’ve finally had the courage to see what’s in front of me and I’m not just shying or looking away from the possibilities. I’m completely and utterly grateful for this opportunity and you better know that I’m gonna use this to its full potential.

TLDR: I’m so inspired by what I’ve learned and heard from just two days of the program that I thought I should write it down. Partly for myself and partly for all my friends who may have been feeling like how I used to. Here’s the six important lessons/ideas I’ve learned that has really changed the way I view my experience:

Everyone was asked to make a vision board in 30 minutes and this is what I came up with.

Everyone was asked to make a vision board in 30 minutes and this is what I came up with.

  • Believe in your own capabilities and be proud of every achievement — no matter how small or insignificant you think it is. As industries get tougher and more saturated with talent than ever, we tend to feel like we’re never going to be good enough simply because we’re not there yet. Admittedly, it’s tough not to feel dejected (cause I was) but self-belief and self-perseverance will get you very far. If an opportunity hasn’t arrived yet, it doesn’t mean that it’ll never come. Believe in what you can do and what you can offer.

  • See rejection as a challenge to improve and do better. Rejections suck but what sucks even more is not trying your best because you’re accepting that that’s all you can achieve. Change ‘not good enough’ to ‘I can do better’.

  • Confidence comes from within. There’s no better way to put it than: if you don’t believe in yourself, how do you expect anyone else to? How can you successfully make someone believe in what you can achieve if you didn’t believe that you could? Confidence comes from knowing your worth and understanding your value whether in an organisation or in a society.

  • Be proactive because opportunities don’t come looking for you — it’s the other way round. Perhaps the biggest and realest lightbulb moment was being told that successful people don’t just come across opportunities. There are no lucky encounters. They are created. Opportunities only exist if you create those ‘lucky’ scenarios. Network, sell yourself and don’t be afraid to ask.

  • Be present and focused. In other words, don’t dwell on any mistakes you made or get hung up on something for too long. More time wasted being upset, is more time lost on what you can do to improve your situation.

  • Change your mindset, adapt and keep trying. If you feel stuck, don’t be afraid to reach out to your friends, family or even strangers (drop me an email!). Get their opinion and try to see it from their perspective. Adjust yourself, adapt to the situation and carry on working on a solution.

Sorry not sorry for the lengthy post.

Here’s to all of us millennials trying. Here’s to better things to come for all of us 🥂.