Not everybody can be Alodia Gosiengfiao – gamer, streamer, model, entrepreneur, influencer, celebrity. But she isn’t one to keep what made her successful to herself. In fact, in our in-depth interview (link) she revealed a lot of her personal struggles and the challenges she had to face on her way to the top of the Philippine gaming scene.
And from her story, we can learn a couple of things that we can apply in our careers (and lives) so we can be successful in our own way.
- Be real – Alodia said so herself – this is probably the most important virtue to practice not only in your career, but in your entire life as well. In her younger years, Alodia kept on cosplaying even when it wasn’t cool to do so and even if she wasn’t even making any money out of it. It’s because she really loves the craft and she’s just being true to herself. So, whenever you feel like what you’re doing isn’t cool or isn’t being appreciated by other people, stop and ask yourself – am I being real? If you are, then don’t give a f*** what other people think. Do you.
- Be patient – Very generic, right? But it’s being repeated over and over by the most successful people, including Alodia, precisely because the virtue of patience is still very much underrated even now. Alodia started cosplaying and being in the gaming industry years before it took off and became as massive as it is now. But she kept on grinding and now, she’s enjoying the fruits of her labor. Nothing worth it comes easy, be it in love and in career. So wait, and wait some more.
- Have a backup plan – Leaving everything behind to do what you love seems very romantic and ideal, but we live in the real world, not in the movies. In the real world, if you don’t at least think about a backup plan, then you’re most likely going to suffer if your plan A fails. Even when her career was blossoming and she’s getting projects left and right while still in college, Alodia still decided to finish her studies and graduate. Does this mean we should all follow her footsteps and don’t accept projects if they’re going to interfere with our studies? Not necessarily. Alodia’s backup plan may or may not work for you. What’s important is don’t expect that your main plan will work 100% of the time. Try to think of possible alternatives along the way.
- Success requires sacrifice – It’s easy to look at Alodia’s life and think that she’s so lucky because she’s so successful. While that is indeed true, it doesn’t mean that everything about her life is great. Alodia said that she still can’t, up to now, spend as much time with her family as she wants because of all her commitments. Again, it may be different in your case, but anybody who has ever become successful had to give up and sacrifice something for something more that they want to achieve. What that thing is will be up to you.
- You can’t do it alone – Alodia isn’t a one-woman team. Early on, she was supported by her siblings and her mom, who became her manager up until the time when there were just too many things going on and she needed more help. Point is, if someone like Alodia can’t do it alone, you can’t either. And this isn’t a bad or negative thing! Why would you want to make something harder by doing it alone? Seek like-minded people, seek groups who are into the same things as you are, and always try to learn from people who have done it before you. Nobody can become successful alone.