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Non-Career Advice: Kisha Bari.

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.

Kisha Bari / Photographer
Also: Singer / dancer / self-taught surfer
Age: 34

Let your gut lead, always. "I think with my heart — I've never been one to use my head. Before I left Australia for New York, my best friend took me to dinner and tried to help lay a plan for me to make it in America. And I said to him, 'My only plan is to approach things with excitement, even if it doesn't make me any money.' This hasn't always been the smartest move financially — there have been times when I've only had enough in my account to pay my rent and nothing else — but that's  okay. You can't be creative without a range of experiences, good or bad. And five years later, I'm still here, so something must be working. 

That said, I'm open to change, too — I'm getting older; I have a partner now. I realize I can't always jump off cliffs when I'm not sure what's at the bottom. But change is part of the adventure. And choosing to follow adventure means I'm still living according to what makes me happy, no matter what. I'm not the most logical thinker, but that makes perfect sense to me."

Thanks so much, Kisha. More from the Non-Career Advice series, here. Photo by Krzysztof Jestem.


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