Non-Career Advice: Kenta Thomas Naoi.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Non-Career Advice is a series that asks people - young, old, and in a range of occupations - for words of wisdom unrelated to work, career-building, dollars, or getting ahead.

Kenta Thomas Naoi / Designer + Photographer
Also: Cat lover / nomad / new Brooklynite
Age: 23

Trust yourself — and don't let fear drive you. There was a point in my life where I thought I had my next ten years completely planned out. But things don’t always work out the way you think they will — now, I take things day by day. I wake up every morning with simple goals: I want to be a good person, and a friend to others. I want to enjoy life the best I can. I want to let myself be vulnerable. As for everything else — if it works, it works. If it doesn’t, then I’ll figure it out. I trust myself. I’ve decided I’m not going to worry about where I’ll be in ten years, because if I stick to this way of living, I know I’ll end up wherever I need to be.

I used to think, I need to be the best, and I need to have these specific awards under my belt, and so on. I thought, if I don’t, then who am I? The fear of failing, and of being forgotten or undermined was the driving force behind my actions — but over the last couple of years, I’ve chosen to be driven by love. I went from not wanting anyone else to be a part of my work — because I was afraid they’d mess it up — to wanting to collaborate with everyone. I do what I do because it makes me happy. Once that clicked, everything only got better.”    

Thanks so much, Kenta. I love that. More from the Non-Career Advice series, here.

12 comments:

Laura said...

Wow! So wise for his age. really great advice

cary said...

Hooray for him!

samantha hahn said...

love

Camila Faria said...

I love that too. Colaboration is always a good idea. <3

Kelly said...

So great! Perfect advice.

Shoko said...

Laura, indeed! So wise.

L▲UR▲TJ said...

great great advice and i needed to read this. i'm at a boiling point with my work so i really need to start living with this kind of philosophy!

girlseeksplace said...

Such good advice, as always.

Kathy said...

Wow. "I trust myself." Powerful stuff.

fai o. said...

Amazing! Love the interview.

Shoko said...

Thank you all for reading — loved this one, too.

burntfeather said...

bold and inspiring way to live - *high five* to Kenta! (love love this series Shoko)

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