I’m not going to lie and tell you that I have all the answers to “success.” There’s no secret recipe – no one specific path – to how successful people got to where they are, but I do know one thing:


Successful people are never afraid to do things that scare them.


Swimming with Stingrays in the Cayman Islands | Travel


A few weeks ago, I went on a Caribbean cruise with Princess Cruises. We docked at Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands one morning, hopped onto a boat and after a short ride, ended up on a white sand bank in the middle of the Caribbean Sea.  When I booked the tour to swim with stingrays, I was beyond excited. Scared? Not so much. The thought of being scared of snorkeling in crystal clear waters didn’t cross my mind – until I got there. I stepped off of a boat into waist-deep, crystal clear water onto soft white sand. Everything was going as planned.


Cayman Islands | Travel


There’s everyone taking pictures with the giant animals – some of them hugging them, scooping them up out of the water.  Wee, so much fun.


Swimming with Stingrays | Travel


And then there’s me. Looking like this. Scared sh-tless.


Swimming with Stingrays | Travel


At this point I’m seeing stingrays everywhere. Baby ones, big ones – swarming and swimming around, underneath me, beside me. I didn’t know whether to avoid them by lifting up my legs or just stay still while they swam past me. I had no idea what to do, and the original excitement had turned into a full-forced freak-out in the middle of this beautiful white sand bank in the Caribbean Sea.




As much as I hate the feeling I get when I’m scared – the unsettling anxiety in the pit of your stomach – it’s absolutely necessary to be faced with situations that make you feel that way.


I realized that doing things that scare you is not only a part of the journey to success, it is essential to success.


Every so often the “what if’s” get to me and I get completely overwhelmed by my decision to give up complacent security to follow my dreams. I traded in that security for the unknown, being scared sh-tless some days, feeling doubtful and sometimes a hint of regret when times get tough. Then I wake up the next morning and remember to be grateful for the opportunity to survive by doing what I love.


I’d rather be crying once a month as a side effect of the most courageous decision I’ve ever made than be crying every single day because I’m miserable and too scared to leave my comfort zone.


If you’re not living a life where every once in a while you get scared sh-tless by what COULD happen, you’ll never create meaningful, positive change for your future.


So yes, I was the only one out of the entire tour group completely freaking out at 1) how close the stingrays were, and 2)  how big they were in person, but after being instructed to swim around slowly and normally (they’ve become accustomed to swimming around YOU), I put on my snorkel set and watched these amazing creatures wading around in that crystal clear water.


Swimming with Stingrays | Travel
You should do things that scare you not because you’re reckless, but because you’ll end up realizing how much you’re capable of.


“If you only care about money, you might as well settle for a boring job with a steady paycheck. The most successful people risked everything they had to get where they are. Money is an illusion – it comes and goes. Your legacy is forever.” – Mark Zuckerberg


Swimming with Stingrays | Travel


So remember: Great things never came from comfort zones. Take a risk and go after what it is that you want. That risk you haven’t taken may be the only thing standing in the way of your success.


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With love,

  • OMG Jinna! I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiment but STINGRAYS?!!! Gahhhh…. 😉 Kudos to you girl!

  • objettrouve

    Always love reading your post. It resonates with us.

  • I really love the last line of this: “That risk you haven’t taken may be the only thing standing in the way of your success.” Beautifully said, and so true.

  • Amalie

    Every post give me so much inspiration x.

  • Olga

    Those words about comfort zone and crying everyday of being missarable are so inspiring!!!! You helped me realized this one more time!!!


  • Vera

    This is such a great post! I absolutely agree, sometimes we have to beat and overcome our fear to achieve what we want. It isn’t easy, but it is worth it.
    So inspirational! With love,

  • so inspirational 🙂


  • Aha I would definitely have been terrified! Looks like an unforgettable experience though!

  • Carrie Colbert

    Beautifully put, my friend. I especially loved this: I realized that doing things that scare you is not only a part of the journey to success, it is essential to success.

    PS – Snorkeling with stingrays scares me too!

  • First this are BEAUTIFUL photos and I would so love to do this once.
    Yes doing whatever scares you is the best! You get such a rush of energy when you try something new for the first time, and repeatedly doing so you start to dare more and really put yourself out there.

    xx Cheyenne

  • Always inspirational. Very happy to have stumbled across your blog! ^___^


    Miss Eliza WonDerland

  • Luckie Onasis

    I just wanted to say your are ridiculously beautiful.

  • Mikee

    Beautiful photos beautiful girl…

  • AoifeAtTheFort

    So this is 100% super inspirational and all, but I’d just like to take a quick second to acknowledge how intensely awesome your hair is. You look like you stepped out of an Aussie commercial.
    In all seriousness though, I love this! Everyone could do with taking a few risks. Even if it doesn’t always pay off, it definitely makes life more interesting, right?
    And I suddenly have a strong urge to go swimming with big ass stingrays…

  • So much truth here…

  • Nastasya

    Hey Jinna! I just discovered your blog through the Bloglovin award. I want to tell you that your blog and your personality are super inspiring, thanks for that! I’m currently working on my own travel blog (coming soon in France 🙂 to inspire people to leave their dreams. To dare at least!!! And you help me believing in mine so thank you!! This is the love declaration of the day haha!!