• Your journey may have a few road blocks or detours, but you must keep your eye on the end result

  • Maybe you end up acting in your local theater's plays, or you make it into a commercial, you're acting, keep pushing towards your goal but don't overlook or be too good for opportunities


My messages from the Seoul are quick affirmations, statements and suggestions to get you thinking and bring you out of your comfort zone sometimes. It is my hope that you’ll take what I’ve said and internalize it; carving out a space and move that aligns with who you are as an individual. I also realize that sometimes people want to dig deeper and develop a more concrete understanding of the ideas being presented. That’s why I like to follow up my messages with a brief breakdown of what I’m trying to convey to you, and ways I’ve utilized these concepts to grow personally and professionally.

Many times I hear other CEA's (creatives, entrepreneurs, artists) or people in general criticizing other businesses, artists, clothes, etc., and I've been caught up myself before. But, I stopped doing that for two reasons: first, because that energy wasn't positive or conducive to anything I was doing; and second, despite what I thought about someone's hustle, they were hustling and I wasn't, I was waiting.

I was too busy trying to get things perfect, depending on others and focusing on what wasn't working instead of actually doing. The people I was critiquing were doing, whether I thought it was dope or not. Also, they were generally happy pursuing their passions, while I was miserable complaining. Once I stopped worrying about what others were doing and just let go and pursued my passions my energy changed, and I was happier; focusing on being positive and growing.

Now I think about my vision and goals and map them out in my mind. Once they start to stick, I write them down and begin a to do list. As I work through tasks, I envision them and see them daily in my mind. There's no if, it's when. Does my journey sometimes materialize differently than I see it? All the time, but my destination ultimately is what I'm looking for.

All of this has shown me that there's a level of confidence, motivation and hustle that comes when you say 'fuck it' I'm doing it. It isn't always pretty or glamorous, but it's it. If you want to be a college basketball coach and you start at the rec league level, you're still a coach. Don't discount the process, it's a necessary part of the journey. Focus on what you want, think through it, envision it and shift your thoughts from IF you will attain to WHEN you will attain your aspirations.


  • The only difference between YOU and THEM is that they're doing it

  • Stop talking about it and do it (even if it's in baby steps)

  • Done is infinitely better than perfect

  • To Do lists help you map out your progress

  • Don't measure your success against others

Kia ‘Seoul’ Riley works for Revolt TV and founded and runs the XXXV Collective that specializes in helping Creatives, Entrepreneurs and Artists (CEAs) pursue their passions. Her From the Seoul brand specializes in life coaching, business consulting and motivational speaking. Her new ebook The Neaux Renaissance is out now!!!

IG: @seoulstarr




We believe that when we pursue our passions and purpose, everyone eats. Every day is a hustle. Hustle for your happiness because happiness is a hustle. Let's go royalty.

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