We had the good fortune of connecting with Shanyi Robinson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shanyi, is there something you believe many others might not?
Hustle Culture. We live in a time where people have been conditioned to believe that they have to hustle themselves to success. If they aren’t hustling, if they aren’t constantly producing then they aren’t productive. If they aren’t losing sleep, if they aren’t constantly showing up, regardless of what is happening or how drained and exhausted they are then they don’t want it bad enough and thus success is out of their reach. The “I’ll sleep when I am dead” mentality is killing people. It is not allowing the room or the space for people to prioritize their mental and emotional health. It’s this idea that if I am not successful it is because I don’t want it bad enough. I don’t hustle hard enough. I lack the motivation. “The hustler ain’t in me” if I didn’t produce. This is a false narrative that has paralyzed people in the entrepreneurial world. There are people who are extremely gifted and talented but are being stifled and suffering from imposter syndrome all because of this false narrative being thrown around. When the truth is your level of productivity isn’t determined by the amount you can produce. Your success isn’t defined by amount of time you spend sleeping or waking, or by how hard you hustle. We all do not have the same 24 hours in a day because we all do not have the same amount of resources. The path to success is different for everyone and we need to stop allowing other people to define that for us.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a writer to the core. That is my God-Given gift that He uses to work through me to reach His people. I currently have a blog, where I encourage people on how to walk out their faith in this modern world. I use real life stories and experiences in the modern culture we live in and apply Godly principles to encourage and uplift people. Life is hard and we all need someone along the way who can help us up when we are down. We were never designed to do life alone, and I use my platforms to create a space where people can come and hear a relevant, real, transparent word from God to help them keep going and be all God has called them to be. I am an Author, I am currently writing my first book which is set to release this year titled ” In the Valley” ” How to get through hard times and become all God has called you to be” I have a Pod Cast called ” The Modern Christian Pod Cast” where I encourage and uplift people to walk their faith out in this modern world. We talk about Marriage, Motherhood, and Ministry. I have an apparel line, called ” The Modern Christian”. This is where Ministry meets clothing, each design has the goal to spark a conversation about Christ through edgy, modern, sleek designs. It is a way to look fly and wear your faith at the same time. How did I get where I am today and was it easy? I bet on God. I literally took a leap of faith. I knew He was calling me to enter into a space where I had never been, to do something that I, nor anyone in my family, has ever done before; successfully at least. Everyday, I have to follow His lead and not get consumed by what culture says to do. Even when I have no idea what’s next or what to do, I rely on His guidance and He never disappoints. No it wasn’t easy, and I know I still have more becoming and growing to do. But I just give all I can. I do my best. I give myself space and room to mess up and make mistakes, to start over as many times as I need to. I tell myself my journey will not look like anyone else’s journey, and what God has for me is for me. All I have is all I need I just have to keep going. What are the lessons you have learned along the way? You have to take it one step at a time. There isn’t some imaginary clock waiting for you to beat it. Overnight success isn’t really overnight success. It takes time. Even when you think no one is showing up, no one is listening to you or buying from you, trust they are watching. Always be true to who you are! Be your authentic self, with all your flaws and all your quirks, trust there are people out there just like you, who are waiting and looking for someone just like them. Your clients are your clients, do not put yourself on clearance, who is for you, the people assigned to whatever you are called to do in this earth are yours and they are waiting for you to do whatever that thing is exactly how you do it. All advice isn’t for you. It may be good and it may be true but that doesn’t mean it is for you. When we begin listening to everyone we become lost. Be who you are! What do you want the world to know about your brand and story? I want the world to know that loving and living for God is dope! That God can use all of it and nothing is wasted with Him. That’s the brand, that’s the story, what the world would have thrown away, God picks up, dusts off and creates a masterpiece for His glory. Statistically, I should not be who I am, where I am or doing what I am doing, But God. It doesn’t matter where you come from or what you have been through as long as you are still here on this earth God has a purpose and plan for you. You just have to start simply by saying Yes to Him
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would definitely go to Ponce City Market and then walk the Belt Line. Atlanta has some of the BEST street art every, perfect for InstaGram worthy photos. I would have to take them to Little 5 Points. They have some of the cutest shops. Atlantic Station is also a favorite of mine for the shops. You have to try Felinni’s Pizza, it has some of the best pizza in the A. Vickery’s off of Glenwood in Grant park is also dope. If you want a good nature scenery Highland Falls is a Must. I would go to Midtown too. You can’t come to Atlanta with out getting something from the Varsity. Downtown Decatur has some great shops and places to eat, and they have a little square where they are always showing movies (pre-pandemic). Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
God. Everything that I am, and everything that I am becoming I owe to God. He leads me and guides me daily. He reminds me who I am in Him, and that He chose me and designed me for a distinct purpose.
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