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Another day, another girl with big dreams who is slaying it. Meet Sienna. She recently became the first-ever child Lego designer. Cool, right? There’s more though: Sienna is only 9-years-old.
Legos have always been a passion for the young Londoner, and when she found out that the company was holding a competition for new designers, she jumped at the chance — and won!
After her playground-style Lego design was selected as the winner of the competition, Sienna was whisked away to the Lego headquarters in Denmark (sweet!) to facilitate as her ideas were brought to life. Not exactly a normal day for a child, right?
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Which got us thinking, why even aspire to be normal?
By working hard and being brave enough to put herself out there (she could have lost, after all), Sienna is on the fast-track to an extraordinary life. We are impressed — and inspired. Here are six things we learned from Sienna’s journey that we’re sure we can all apply to our own semi-adult lives:
1. Dedicate yourself to your passion, and success may follow.
Having passions and interests outside of making sure your homework is done is SO important. If you find something you’re genuinely interested in — something that makes time fly and makes you totally forget about checking your phone — follow it. If you do, success will then follow you. It sure followed Sienna. “I love how you can build anything with Lego,” she said. “You don’t have to just follow the instructions.”
2. Daydreaming is never a waste of time.
Do you ever get anxious because you’re not being “productive” enough? You should be studying! Meeting a deadline! Stress and the pressure to be productive can seriously hinder our connection to creativity.
Sienna has proven that taking time to daydream, doodle (her winning design started off on pen and paper), and express yourself creatively could help you in all facets of your life. In fact, engaging in creative activities can actually help reduce stress and anxiety. Your best ideas and self-discoveries will most likely come when you give yourself the chance to play, relax, and daydream.
3. When you face obstacles, push through.
Sienna’s initial design seemed to come to her effortlessly:”I was just doodling on a piece of paper about what my dream garden would look like. It had a treehouse, a slide, monkey bars, a rock climbing wall, and swimming pool,” she told Mashable.
But it wasn’t all smooth sailing. “It took a while to stick the treehouse onto the tree because it was all twist[ed] and I had to try and stick it on so it wouldn’t fall off,” she said. When you run into obstacles in your projects (and you most definitely will), take a breath, take a step back, and try it a different way. Or put your ego aside and ask for help.
4. There’s a first for everything.
You might not see your dream project or profession out there yet. In fact, as many as 85 percent of jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t even been invented yet! How nuts is that? Start paying attention to your passion and building your skills, and think outside the box. If Sienna can be the first professional child Lego designer, and Becca Longo can be the first female to receive a football scholarship, you can be a first as well.
5. You’re never too young.
Sienna has definitely pulled back the curtain on the truth; you’re never too young to start that business, that novel, that “Harry Potter” vs. “Game of Thrones” fantasy world (wait, that’s a cool idea. Dibs!). Technology has only given us more tools and avenues to explore a wider range of ideas. Age has very little to do with success these days.
6. Put yourself out there.
If Sienna has taught us anything, it’s that you have to put yourself out there — risk something! — before you can achieve any dream or goal. What if she never submitted her design to the competition because she was afraid it wouldn’t be received well? Learning to take risks and embracing vulnerability are two incredible steps to take in life. For an inspiring explanation about the power of vulnerability, check out this viral TED Talk from author Brené Brown.
Sienna’s playground Lego set was released worldwide earlier this month. Buy it for your little sister, little brother, or cousin — because putting our dollars behind female-driven projects is one of the best ways you can show companies that you want to see more women in powerful and creative roles.
Feature Image Source: Mashable