We have been trained to believe that we must work hard to get where we want in life and business, right? We have to make things happen. We have to hustle. Flow? What the hell is that?

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At the age of 7, I used to cry and struggle with schoolwork. I would instantly go into a panic thinking I couldn’t do it before I even got started. I was always filled with such anxiety as a kid over school and life in general. My sister was 14 months older and things came easy for her in school. She would get straight A’s without really working hard. As a little girl, I was super influenced by that unconsciously. So, when it came time for me to do homework or study, I instantly felt that I wasn’t good enough and panicked. In order to comfort me, I was told that I was super smart but I just had to work harder for it than my sister did. Ah-ha! And that’s the moment that shaped much of my life. I got the message that in order to get what I want, I must work HARDER for it than other people. I needed to struggle. My little girl self took that message and ran with it and I was operating off of it in my adult life.

Nicole Amaturo