Who is Summer Silvery? Summer is probably one of the most amazing people you will ever meet. I had the privilege of meeting Summer exactly one year ago today (Wow! I can’t believe I have already known Summer for a year.) Anyways, I met summer at the start of one of the most transformational programs I ever attended called Draper University, because we were both in the summer 2016 batch (no pun intended). You can read all about my experience at Draper University here
Why am I writing about Summer Silvery? If you couldn’t already tell, Summer has a great story. Though nontraditional, I think everyone can learn a thing or two from Summer. She is always in a good mood, and her positivity is quite contagious. At the ripe age of 24, she managed to make her dreams come true. She not only moved to Los Angelas, where she had always dreamed of living, but she also fulfilled her other dream to become an entrepreneur. Ladies and gentleman, Summer Silvery is a great example of the fact that you can achieve anything you set your mind to, and that you don’t have to wait until retirement to make your dreams a reality.
I ran an interview with Summer Silvery where I asked her a few questions about herself and her projects. She sent in responses that I have edited down for you and can be seen below.
I started off by asking Summer for a basic background on herself so readers can better understand who she is. Summer said, “I was doing everything the societally “normal” and “acceptable” way. I graduated high school, went to college, moved in with a boyfriend and was going down a path I knew everyone around me would be proud of. Although there was a lot to be grateful for, I was miserable. It was like I was stuck in a life that wasn’t mine. I knew I needed to do something about it but I had no clue where to start. So I did something I wouldn’t normally do and applied to a 7-week entrepreneurial school in Silicon Valley, California. And there began my amazingly incredible journey.”
Basically, summer was going down the “normal” path. High school, followed by college, followed by a job, but it just didn’t feel right to her. After all, Summer is an entrepreneur at heart, and entrepreneurs don’t go down the normal path. Summer couldn’t take the “normal” path anymore, so she applied to Draper University, which happened to be the missing puzzle piece that would help set her on the right path.
I then Asked Summer to explain why and or how she ended up being an entrepreneur. Her response was, “Since I can remember, I always wanted to work for myself. I didn’t know anything of what that would entail but I was (and still am) willing to do whatever it takes. It wasn’t until I took a leap of faith and attended an entrepreneurial school, Draper University, that validated I have what it takes to be an entrepreneur.”
“Because of Draper University, I learned how much I am capable of. I learned how there is NOTHING to learn when you’re always limiting yourself to the same day to day routine. Stepping outside of your comfort zone and experiencing new things ALL of the time, knowing that failing at things is OKAY, because without it…how would we learn?… This stuff is what sets us up to have a life with no regrets. This is what makes you smile every morning and throughout your day because you whole-heartedly know you’re doing everything you can for what you want most out of life. I will forever be grateful for Draper University because it brought out everything I already had within me, at such a larger capacity than I could have ever imagined for myself.”
Summer always had the entrepreneurial drive deep within her. Just like myself, Summer always knew she wanted to be her own boss. And then just like myself (again), Summer’s acceptance into the Draper University summer program was the much-needed validation that Summer Silvery is an entrepreneur and not a wantrepreneur. The paragraph above is a great explanation of why people choose to become entrepreneurs, and I don’t think I could have explained it better myself.
One major question is still left unanswered. How is Summer Silvery making a living? What is her passion? What’s her hustle that she wakes up every morning excited to work on? Here is a little bit of background first, “My whole life I struggled with A.D.D. As I got older and school got more difficult and life got more “adulty” it got harder and harder for me to focus and organize everything. Picture a filing cabinet sitting in your brain, and as information comes to you, instead of organizing it all neatly within the cabinet, it gets scattered all over the floor. That’s the best way I can explain it. I hated taking medication so what I did was take a dry erase board to class and doodle while listening to the lecture (yeah… people were probably like wtfff). I would take a notepad to work and doodle. For some reason, doodling would clear all my scattered thoughts and allow me to concentrate on one thing at a time. Ever since I was little I would do this not knowing the effect of what it was actually doing.”
For the big reveal, Summer continued to say, “It wasn’t until October 2016 where I made a big money decision that changed my life forever. $700. I spent $700 on an Ipad and Apple pen. Being broke AF I was shitting a little when I made this purchase. But it was 1000x worth it. Every single day since, I have been designing on that Ipad for hours on end. I make social media marketing, website designs, custom designs on apparel and accessories. I have become limitless with my designs now that I’ve taken them from paper to digital. I’ve been recognized by HUGE entrepreneur influencer Gary Vaynerchuk & I’ve made some custom apparel for Logan Paul (social media/ mainstream media influencer).” Summer has been recognized by many many more influential people for her designs, but she is just too humble to mention it, so I mentioned it for her.
The two images above show both a doodle Summer made for Gary Vaynerchuck as well as a custom hoodie she designed for Logan Paul. And yes, Summer was recognized by Gary Vaynerchuck for her awesome doodle.
Summer didn’t let it get to her that she was different. After all, what does it really mean to be “normal”? Was being different a bad thing? Absolutely not. Being different may have been the best thing for Summer. She didn’t let it get to her when people would make faces at her because she was doodling. Instead of trying to suppress the need to doodle, Summer turned doodling into a viable life for herself. What would the people who used to make faces at Summer say if they knew she was now doodling for a living? Honestly, who even cares. Don’t let the haters and naysayers stop you from doing what you love. Use their negativity to fuel your passions even more and prove them wrong for ever having doubted you.
I asked Summer if she had any advice for readers because anyone who knows Summer knows she is always full of great advice. Summer said she had had 10 different jobs before she finally decided to work for herself at the at age of 24. She had gone through 4.5 years of college without earning a college degree, and that was perfectly okay with her. Summer has no future plans to go back to college because college just isn’t for everyone. Summer spent 2.5 years with a boyfriend, got an apartment with him, a dog, a cat and then a house together. And she somehow went from all of that to being single with three boxes to her name. And if you asked Summer, she was completely okay with that. Summer went from Ohio, to Silicon Valley, to Los Angeles in less than a year (June 2016-May 2017).
“Throughout all of this chaos, I had no idea what I was supposed to be doing with my life, but there were a few solid things I knew about myself:
1. In high school I told myself I would make it to L.A. Had no idea how I’d get here, just knew I would (And she did).
2. I told myself every time I’d work at one of the 10 different jobs I had that there is no way in hell I am going to work for someone else “when I grow up”. I will be working for myself (Again, she did).
3. I promised myself that whatever I do, I’ve got to be in love with it. If I’m not in love with what I do, I’d get bored, half ass it, burn out or jump jobs. Just being honest here (Surprise! She achieved this too).
4. I am too stubborn, A.D.D, creative and driven to not be my own boss (And she now is her own boss).
“With all these changes and experiences I had, it wasn’t until about 9 months ago (Oct. 2016) that it finally CLICKED in regards to what I should be doing. Looking back at my life it seems so obvious, but if it weren’t for everything that I went through to get to this realization, I wouldn’t have gotten here. The emotional obstacles, financial obstacles, spiritual obstacles… all of it. It’s crazy everything I’ve been through and how much I’ve grown throughout the years. It’s also crazy that it was only 9 months ago I figured out what I should be doing. Like shit, I’ve been trying to figure this out for years. Little did I know that everything I was going through was guiding me all along.”
Now for the actual advice. “Pay attention to your journey. Every piece of it. You will be led to exactly where you need to be. People get so caught up in the noise, the distractions around them, what other people are saying and it blocks their true path. If your path right now feels like you’re riding on a gravel road, wearing rollerblades on your hands, ice skates on your feet and you can’t move forward at a speed that allows you to balance/not fall over… most likely you’ve been distracted, listened to the noise around you and are somewhere you don’t want to be. GOOD NEWS, if you’re aware of this, you can change it at any point in time! Don’t beat yourself up because you’re not where you want to be, this is just another piece to the puzzle. Your life is everything you make it. Remember that.
Lastly, I asked summer if there was anything people can look forward to from her in the future. Her response was, “I thrive on change, pushing my creative limits and being as multi-dimensional as possible, so people should definitely look forward to seeing my designs EVERYWHERE. I’m talking clothes, accessories, all over social media… you name it! I am currently working on some animation opportunities as well. Bringing my designs to life, cartoon style! Big things to come for sure!”
What is the moral of the story? What is the conclusion to all of this? If there’s anything you can learn from Summer, it is to follow your passions. Forget about the “norm”. What is right for one person will be very different from what is right for someone else. Ignore the haters and naysayers. Everyone has their own path. If you are not living a life full of things you love doing you’re on the wrong path. If you’re not excited to wake up and live each day, then you need to change your life. Be the best version of yourself, and follow the path that was made for you.
I want to leave you with two of my favorite quotes. I’m not sure who originally said either of them. The first is, “Do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” The reason I love this first quote is that it shows the importance of finding a job you love doing. If you find a job you love you will never feel like you’re working. The second quote I love is, “Entrepreneurs: The only people who work 80 hour weeks to avoid working 40 hour weeks.” The reason I love this quote is that so many people dread working 40 hours per week because they hate their job. Entrepreneurs are the only people willing to take on double the work hours if it means the chance to do work that is meaningful and enjoyable to them.
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