THE PRESSURE OF 2018

THE PRESSURE OF 2018

What I’m Wearing

Parka – Represent* (click here)

Borg Sweater – Mennace (click here)

Cropped Denim – HifiFNK (click here)

Socks – Weekday* (similar here)

Yeezy Wave Runner 700 -Yeezysupply (click here)

We’re here in 2018 and the new year is in full swing, I don’t know about you but January always brings me an overwhelming sense of pressure. This year more than ever, since quitting my job at Mr.Porter back in 2015 and doing my blog/youtube full time I already put a hell of a lot of pressure on myself to succeed. I don’t want to blow my own trumpet but I’m incredibly proud of what I’ve achieved over the past 2 years of going it alone. However since 2016 and 2017 were so awesome it leaves 2018 with some big shoes to fill.

No Rush

This sort of January pressure affects everyone, whether it’s personal life goals, financial goals, body goals etc. We all set new years resolutions and we all expect so much from the year ahead. Which we’re right to – the mindset of a new year promises so much opportunity and we’d be silly not to grab it by the horns, however we have to remember that some things take time and there is no rush.

 

 

No Bullshit

Let’s get this out of the way – 2018 for me is a no bullshit kind of year, I’m muting all negativity (unless it’s constructive) and surrounding myself with positive vibes only. Silly backhanded comments left by trolls literally don’t phase me – block and delete, block and delete. I’ve spent years talking to you guys whether it’s here , on my Instagram or my YouTube channel and I’m so proud of what a lovely bunch of people you all are, I’ve gotten to know some of you really well and I’m proud of our community. I know as my audience gets larger that there will be more and more trolls and I’ll be damned if there’s a few individuals who think they can spread their negativity over what I’ve created – I think they must forget that It’s me who’s in control.

Failure to Success

We as a generation are over achievers, I swear every millennial is trying to save the world and I’m so proud to be a part of that. Part and parcel of that is failure and failure is just as important as success. Failure teaches us so many things and is crucial to our understanding of what works and what doesn’t. I myself am in a constant state of feeling like I’m not doing enough, maybe it’s the nature of my job but even when I wasn’t working for myself I still felt immense pressure to over-perform at work – work as much as you can, get the most done,  have little sleep, get a promotion, get a pay rise, be the best you can be etc. All whilst trying to juggle a social life and possibly a love life.

 

It’s Ok to watch Netflix

Everyone seems to be in a huge rush to success and I think that the best and more long term successes are definitely not that easy and not that quick to make happen. Social media is definitely to blame in that sense, it’s a catalyst for negative self reflection – I’m definitely victim to it, I scroll through my Instagram and see all these incredibly talented people doing these amazing things thinking – why am I not out there doing great things? why am I sat on my sofa watching copious amounts of Friends on Netflix? But do you know what, these snippets of peoples lives we’re seeing are just the highlights. I know for a fact that a lot of people are sat at on their sofa watching Netflix too.

 

Lessons

With all of this pressure to succeed, right this second – it’s teaching me something, it’s teaching me that not everything is instant, you’re allowed to go at your own pace, it’s ok to relax and enjoy the little things in life. I’ve taken a lot of time this January to really think about what I want from this year – Long term goals and plans, I’ve written them down and worked out just how I’m going to achieve them and you know what? It’s not going to be easy. I know I’m going to have to work my damn arse off, even more than I have done in previous years and when I do finally get there it will be oh so worth it. But also I think that I have to understand that life is a constant work in progress, I won’t exactly reach one stage of my career or life and be like ‘I’ve made it’, I’ve succeeded’ because there will always be room for improvement, always new lessons to learn and new things to work towards.

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

I feel like this post has been a huge blur of mixed emotions but if you take away anything from it I want you to remember that January is just a mindset, you have to stay true to yourself and stick to your own goals, have fun in whatever you’re doing, enjoy your life to the full and don’t let someone else’s chapter 22 affect your chapter 3 – or whatever that phrase is haha.

15 Comments

  1. 20/01/2018 / 15:46

    The pressure is definitely there! Especially when you are still trying tofigure out what you want to do with your life… One of my goals this year is to try lots of new things so that I can “fail” because I feel like this could help me discover what I want. I agree with you btw! People should allow themselves to just chill and watch some Netflix because we can’t be working all the time. I don’t we’ll ever say we’ve succeeded and I love that. Of course we should look back and see what we’ve achieved, but we can’t stop “dreaming”. We should always have new goals in life.

    Zoel Hernández | zoelhernandez.com

    PS. If your post is a blur of mixed emotions, I don’t even know what my comment is ‍♂️ Oh and thanks for being such an inspiration for us x

    • Gallucks
      20/01/2018 / 16:36

      Thanks so much Zoel you’re always there for me! I definitely agree with trying new things this year as that’s something I’m doing too ! And yeah ofcourse to never stop dreaming 🙂 always dream big! x

  2. 20/01/2018 / 15:49

    No Bullshit! 100%! No point in keeping toxic people in your life if all they bring is negativity! Such a real and true post Joel! So many people are jealous, they want to hate for no reason, it’s stupid. You inspire me man, i know no doubt 2018 will be bigger than 2016/17 put together for you! All the best!

    connxvi | connxvi.com

    • Gallucks
      20/01/2018 / 16:35

      thanks so much buddy! thanks for your support it means a lot 🙂 all the best to you too!

  3. Zach Smith
    20/01/2018 / 15:58

    Great post however I completely disagree with “I’ll be damned if there’s a few jealous individuals who think they can spread their negativity over what I’ve created ” – sure, there are bound to be a very few jealous individuals who’ll spread unnecessary hate but not everyone that dislikes what you do is jealous. You can not like something someone does and not be jealous. Not sure why everyone automatically assumes jealously. Other than that I agree with everything else, especially the no bullshit stuff.

    • Gallucks
      20/01/2018 / 16:34

      I think in the heat of the moment the word ‘jealousy’ just came out on the keyboard, I know that not everyone who dislikes what I do is jealous. However to go to the effort of leaving a negative comment or un-constructive criticism about someone on their social media or youtube channel etc – there must be a certain level of hate or spite inside of them – that’s what I was trying to talk about here!

  4. 21/01/2018 / 01:19

    Loved this post Joel, words of wisdom for sure, especially the “No Bullshit” approach to 2018, I’m on the same wavelength — I read a book whilst on a flight last week that I think you’d enjoy, it’s called “The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck” pretty much focuses on the idea that you only have a certain amount of fucks to give, so you should only give a fuck about the important things in life haha!

    Look forward to more awesome posts in 2018, you’re killing the content!!

  5. 21/01/2018 / 03:36

    I’ve had the exact feelings about seeing successful people on social media and asking to myself when will be my turn. I promised to myself to keep going and keep trying it. Someday it’s gonna happen. Thank you for sharing this inspiring post. It makes me feel that I am not the only one in this situation.

  6. David Barahona-Herrera
    21/01/2018 / 09:43

    Thank you Joel. This post is very inspirational. It especially hits me in the part of toxic people. See, I really love (or have loved) some people that are just not good for me, but I find it so hard to let go. But I am trying. And I hope 2018 will be a much better year enotionally. I wish you every success. And on a final note: I love your clothes and your cats! ❤

  7. Vivek
    21/01/2018 / 10:57

    This is beautiful! I love you and your creative process. Waiting for more great content

  8. 21/01/2018 / 15:55

    I loved your post! Positive vibes and self-care are a must for 2018. The one thing I would suggest is to proofread your blog post because I saw a few grammatical errors throughout the post. Other than that, it was great!

  9. 22/01/2018 / 02:08

    Woah that was honestly so freaking accurate and real ! I feel you , I guess we all pressure ourselves to achieve something great and keep on doing better . Something someone already said in the comments was that he feels like he isn’t alone and I kinda feel the same way , you hit all the spots with this one well done mr. Gallucks! ✨

  10. Jessie
    10/02/2018 / 14:05

    Thanks for all writings in 2017, they inspired me a lot. Waiting for your new awesome posts in 2018. Have an amazing year! <3 Best men’s style guide

  11. 22/03/2018 / 23:29

    You have great style and don’t feel bad about life, it is generally boring most of the time. The trick is to try and create a lot of memories while having some good times with family and friends as often as you can. Time is a very valuable commodity, especially as you get older, don’t let your life pass by without savoring as many chunks of it as you can.

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