Roadtrip to Happiness
- Class: Roadtrip Nation Career Explorers
- Educator: Jenny Pham
- Home Base: Roadtrip Nation High School
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Being Physically Acive
Environment & Nature
Listen to your heart. Follow your interests. Do what YOU want to do. Block the noise. Listen to you. Blend OUT. Don't be afraid. Be adventurous. Be creative. Live the life you want. Follow your soul and trust your guts.
Jeff Yokoyama is the creator and head designer for a Fashion Company called Generic Youth that makes clothing out of recycled beach towels.
What type of route did this leader take?
"It was straightforward."
"It took a while to figure out."
"I tried everything."
Leader's Work Life
Jeff wakes up and goes straight to his shop to start sketching designs and looking for inspiration through other designers. He often has meetings with his team to discuss trends and goals. He is constantly researching the latest trends in the fashion industry through magazine and online blogs. He ends his day with hands on design challenges which involve all of the designers at his company.
Jeff's noise was from his parents who said that he needs to find a job that makes more money. They told him the fashion industry isn't a stable industry. His parents wanted him to take over the family business but that wasn't Jeff's passion. His parents told him that he would fail in fashion and needed to find a "real job".
Advice from my Leader
Jeff told me to not listen to the noise of society and the noise of my own self doubts. He told me to keep pursuing my interest of Fashion and try out new things. He said that the best thing to do is to get involved with many different groups like a sewing group or a intern for a clothing company. Jeff also told me to constantly be researching the latest trends so I am in the know of the fashion world. He gave me the name of a few blogs to check out which will help me stay knowledgeable regarding everything in the fashion industry.
The most important thing I learned from my cold call was that if you do a practice round with friends or family, you will be less nervous. I also kept it in my head that the wost someone can say is no. So I took that advice and it motivated me to have confidence. When I received a positive response from my leader, I felt so happy that I took the risk even though I was nervous. I didn't let my nerves get the best of me.
Before and After
Before my Leader Interview I thought that failure was a bad thing but now I realize that failure is part of learning how to succeed. I learned that the sooner you get to failing, the sooner you can start learning. I realized that if I fail, it will become a lesson to learn from rather than a set back. Without failure I won't be able to appreciate success. I also learned that money doesn't buy happiness. I learned there are so many more important things in life than being rich. I learned to trust my gut and listen to my heart and to block the noise from others.