You Can’t Win If You Don’t Shoot

Shooting your shot at life’s opportunites is worth the risk

I strongly believe in taking leaps of faith. If you have a strong urge to do something you should go for it. Honestly, what’s stopping you from trying? Rejection? In 2019 we are taking all the shots that are available in our courts. Meaning if you met whatever qualifications for a specific opportunity, set it up and do it! I’ve done it before and guarantee that most people in ideal positions have taken a huge leap of faith too.

Not long ago I was looking for an internship for my last semester in undergrad. I wanted to go all out because ultimately that internship could help me get a job after graduation. I wasn’t sure where to apply. Nothing was standing out to me that seemed interesting. At this same time, I was getting really big into music documentaries, specifically a show called “Unsung” on the TV One network.

One day I was sitting in a counselor’s office on campus telling her how I was trying to find an internship. She knew how much I loved “Unsung” and she encouraged me to reach out to their production company to see if they had any internships. I thought she was crazy. I had it in my head that here was no way I’d be able to work with them. But I took a leap of faith and emailed their human resources team. I realized the worse thing they could do is not respond or tell me no. To my surprise, they offered me an internship and gave me my first full-time job post-graduation.

Going forward, with every challenge you face, remember the mantra:  “You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don’t take.” Not everything you try to do in life is going to work in your favor, but don’t miss out on an opportunity because you’re too scared of it not happening. So go shoot your shot at the girl in your second-period class, apply for that internship, or whatever it is that you’re second-guessing yourself about. Just do it! Later on you’ll be glad you did.


By Jordan Danae, Northern Illinois Alumna

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Written by Jordan Danae

Jordan Danaè, an urban literature nerd and a hip-hop enthusiast. Northern Illinois Alumna hailing from Louisville, Kentucky. I am because you are!

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