Focus on What You’re Good At

By Lisa Tiranti

Introduce yourself! Who are you?
Hi! I’m Lisa and I’m 100% Italian. After graduating from an across-Europe bachelor program in Business Management & Marketing in June, I am now based and working as Digital Marketing Executive in London. During my spare time, I adore globetrotting around Europe (and not only, actually) but travelling is just one of my passions, I love singing, especially blues & soul music. I enjoy spotting cosy free-from (my list of food intolerances is longer than my bucket list) brunch places. I worship motivating and giving support to people, talking about dreams and making plans to achieving them. Oh, and I blog of course, mainly about what just listed above and general life & blogging hacks.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
This is a tough question actually. I believe I have been given many good advices from different people and each of them made me think about different aspects of myself or of my life which helped me a lot. If I had to choose one though, I’d say: NEVER doubt about your abilities and capacities especially when comparing yourself to others. Of course you can always improve them and get better but never think that you are not enough because someone else does it better. You may have abilities they don’t have and vice versa so the trick is to focus on what you’re good at and to make that your biggest advantage. I really apply this advice daily, trying to learn more about stuff I like doing.

What would you say to 16 year old you?
Look at you, young lady, look at you without being always so tough on yourself, look at your body. Yeah, the body that you hate and you’re not fueling the right way. You are slim, you really are. Your mum’s friends are asking her if you’re sick. Is that how you want to look like, sick? You’ve always hated hospitals! Those thighs and knees that you hate so much, they make those legs strong and they make you stand. You should be grateful for them and celebrate being healthy by eating food that fuels your body, your strong body that influences your mind. And talking about your mind, again, don’t be so tough on yourself. You are going to achieve what you want to, even more actually, give it time. Live your age, I know you’re brave and mature, you’ve always been like this and everyone knows it already. So enjoy that age, not having that many responsibilities yet, there will be a time where you’ll have a lot of them, Oh and last thing, treat your family a little better, especially when you’re moody. They love you, and they’ll be there no matter what but show them more appreciation rather than bearing the grudge. Your little sister looks up on you more than you realise, your dad’s advices are more precious than you judge and your mum knows you better than you think.

What do you love most about yourself?
Probably my determination. It helps me keep going through tough times and it’s my main motivation fuel. Also, I believe my strong determination “saves” me from laziness. Being lazy is an aspect of myself that I tend to hide or better, to overcome, by re-focusing on my determination to achieve something. Determination as well pushes me to do things out of my comfort zone, which I believe is always a good thing. For instance asking help to strangers that I know could help me achieving something or doing something new that I’m not really expert on. All little things that might sound normal to other people but it took me a while to do them without thinking too much.

Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
My first year of High School was a nightmare, a total disaster. I didn’t get along with most of my classmates and the teaching style of the school I was attending didn’t really fit me as well. My parents were trying to help me in anyway, I stopped going to any extra-curricula activity just to study, but I kept failing and this was the worse thing for me: disappointing my family and myself. I kind of arrived to a point in which I was living in a passive loop where I didn’t know how to get out from it. During the spring of that year I faced a crossroad: staying where I was, knowing that I would have failed the year or change school, starting from 0 in a place where I would have been the last person arrived (and kind of the weirdo since I would have changed school the last month and a half of classes). I was extremely shy at that time so the second option would have been my last choice in other circumstances but when I realised that even the thought of going to the old school made me sick, I decided to change. A choice that totally changed me, my mental health and my family mental health as well. Same school subjects, different people, still loads of difficulties to overcome of course but since my mental health was way more positive and calm I managed to recover the previous 6 months of failed school tests and pass the year. Honestly, I’m still kind of impressed of myself for what I did at that time, especially thinking how I was. That experience though, has definitely been a big lesson for me and a huge starting point for believing more in myself and my capacities. Eventually, everything happens for a reason, right?

What motivates you most?
My biggest motivation is reminding myself the final goal I want to reach. Paths to reach a goal are often not easy and short so it’s totally normal feeling lost or unmotivated but when this moment hits me I usually stop, take a rest and in my mind I create 2 short lists: one about the things I achieved until now and the other one about the reasons why I decided to start pursuing this dream. This technique usually works quite well for me but if I’m really stuck then I talk to someone. Luckily I am surrounded  by very enthusiastic and supportive people and they are definitely one of the reasons why I keep going.

What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
I enjoy reading self-development books and I kind of look forward to my daily commute to work (sounds weird, I know) to catch up with my current reads. The topics vary from work-related, personal coaching anything that could teach me something “practical” and improve! I also love listening to podcasts and TEDTalks so if I’m too tired for reading I switch to one of these.

What is your favorite thing about where you live?
I love that London is composed by many areas that are very different among each other. So if one day you feel like going for a fancy and posh walk, you can head to South Kensington or Chelsea. If you’re more in a chilled kind of mood Shoreditch or Camden will fit your vibes, and so on, There are so many different areas with diverse vibes that you can’t not find what fits your day mood!

What is something on your bucket list?
It would be both a challenge and a goal for me to attend an event as a speaker. I’m not really picky about which kind of event and the topic (as long as I know something/have experience about it!) but yeah, it’s a thing that one day I’d really love to do.

What is one thing people would be surprised to hear about you?
People are generally shocked when after discovering I’m Italian, they also discover I can’t eat any of the amazing & delicious Italian dishes. Can’t even remember the last time I ate a pizza actually… (damn it stomach problems and food intolerances!)

Lisa Tiranti

Lisa Tiranti is a 21 year old, 100% Italian, blogger and Digital Marketing Executive in London.

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