Take the Leap || Journey to 100k


[Camera clip] Okay. So I don’t know if I’ll ever post this video,
but something it promised myself is to always document my, journey. [Instagram stories clip] Public… Save. It is public! Woohoo! [Instagram stories clip] By the way, I woke
up this morning and I was so happy because I got 60 subscribers and even if I had zero,
that’s totally fine. [Instagram stories clip] Good morning everyone. Happy Monday. [Camera clip] If I ended up posting this at
some point, and you’re watching this and you have a dream and you can see it so clearly
in your head, but no one else can, including your family, including your closest friends,
including just strangers who may be judging you or whatever for pursuing something that
they can’t see right now, then I want to remind you that you’re not alone and hopefully I’ll
be in a lot better place when this video, if this video is ever sees the light in public. [Instagram stories clip] Hello! So I just got off work and I uploaded my YouTube
video for the week and I am so excited because it took me so long to make this video. [Instagram stories clip] What’s up guys? So starting this week I’ll be posting two
videos every Sunday and Wednesday. [Instagram stories clip] So here’s the Facebook
group that I just launched. It’s called the Fearless Boss Network. So anyways, I really hope to see you in the
group. You can request access. I just need you to answer three questions
so that I can understand how I can best serve you and yeah, it’ll be fun. I’ll see you there. [Camera clip] But I’m so grateful and happy
that I was able to find the courage and the strength to leave a situation that was totally
not serving me and to get over my fears and ego and to just take leap. [Music] Whoa. You have a dog too. Yeah, but we never feature him LOL. What’s up everyone? Welcome back to my channel: The number one
place for new coaches, content creators and entrepreneurs. Is that good? That was BEAUTIFUL! What’s up everyone? Welcome back to my channel. I remember when people were doubting me both
in high school and a university. It definitely felt really demoralizing. See, I felt like people were really judging me by the
cover of a book and not necessarily thinking I was smart enough to do certain things. I just remember not going to parties, not
doing a lot of things near the end of my high school year. Just to get into this one school that I had
set my eyes on. The reason why I’m saying all this is because
I’ve always been this underdog type of person. I’m really grateful to have had people doubt
me in the past because what I have today would not have been built if it had not been for
the amount of people that didn’t really believe in my capabilities, both in school and even
when I started this business. So when I got my dream job that I worked so
hard for for like four plus years from high school until university, I really felt like
my life was set basically the first few weeks it was euphoric, so proud of myself and for
awhile I was like wearing it like a badge of honor, just feeling like, wow, I’m in this
fancy, you know, fortune 500 company, killing it. So Insta worthy. But deep inside behind the scenes, I was literally
dying at that job. Like it was a lot with school. It’s so easy to want to work, hard to want
to grind because you know that it’s going to be over soon. So, for example, in high schoolers, four years
and then in university there’s like four to six years, but you know that there’s going
to be an end to it versus when you’re working in a nine to five there is no end. And it was really upsetting because I remember
just feeling like waking up in the morning for my work and not wanting to wake up at
all. I was in a situation where I would always
tell myself once I nail this project, then I’ll be okay. Once I get this raise, then I’ll be okay. But even then after getting all those things,
I realized I was still unhappy at my nine to five and I remember I had worked my ass
off for this performance review because in my mind I was like, okay, once I proved to
this company that I am special or that I’m really good at my job, then maybe I’ll get
a promotion and maybe I’ll get a raise and then all of my problems will suddenly go away. And at some point they told me, Oh, here’s
your raise. And it was like, thanks. Something like 4% they told me, yeah, you’re
really lucky that you got 4% most people only get 2% and then I calculated that and it was
like peanuts and so that’s when I realized, okay, enough is enough. I’m going to set the date. This is happening. It’s go time. I wrote up my resignation letter and I remember
when I was writing up that resignation letter, I was scared shitless. I was like, Oh my God, this is this really
happening here. I felt like I owed it to myself to blow it
all up and do something completely different. Explore other things I hadn’t necessarily
explored because for the whole time in high school and in university, I deprived myself
of just exploration. It felt really empowering to just be like,
here’s the truth. This isn’t what I want to do. As scary as it was, I was like trembling and
I was crying. I was a mess, but afterwards I remember just
feeling like, Oh my God, I did it, and just with that one letter alone, I changed my life. I expected a lot of people to be disappointed
in me, especially managers, VPs, GMs, all these people that were higher up. And then I remember on my very last day of
work, one of my higher ups, so my boss’s boss’s boss actually had a heart to heart to me and
said, I’m jealous of you. Congratulations. I wish I could do what you just did. That was like mind blowing to me that someone
who was higher up was congratulating, genuinely happy for me, that I took belief because he
never was able to do that himself. And unfortunately, that’s going to be the
reality of a lot of people who don’t follow their intuition, who don’t, you know, have
the courage to actually say no to the things that they don’t want in their life. Because a lot of people, they’re afraid to
say no, they’re afraid to quit. They’re afraid to be called a quitter. But in fact, for me, what I realized in that
situation is when you actually say no to things and when you actually quit things or opening
up space to say yes to other things in your life. After quitting my job, it felt amazing. It felt really scary, but it definitely felt
like absolutely liberating. Finally feeling like, wow, I have no plan
now. And I felt like I had all these big wild ideas
of what I wanted to do. But then eventually a month later, that’s
when I realized, Oh my God, I actually don’t know what I’m doing. [Music] and it was up for me to actually create something
of myself because at first it’s like super cool to quit your job because you were like
that person who went against the grain and did something different. But then eventually the questions go from
being like, congratulations, what’s next to being like, so seriously, what’s next? And so eventually what I did is I ended up
taking a job as a barista at a coffee shop. And so at that point I was telling myself,
really it’s now or never, I’ve always wanted to start YouTube ever since I was in high
school always. But I always told myself, you can’t make money
on YouTube, like only losers go on to. But I remember really vividly when I was working
my graveyard shift, it was like 4:00 AM 5:00 AM I’m outside literally sweeping the floors,
picking up cigarette butts with my own bare hands because I didn’t know how to use the
clamp. And I remember just like looking up to the
sky and being like, what the fuck did I do? [Music] and I just asked myself, why did I do this? Like why did I do this? How did I get here and how do I get myself
out of it when I quit my job? I also felt like I had a lot of insightful
conversations with other people who are in the similar age range as me that also hated
their corporate jobs, but they were too scared to take the leap. And as someone who actually took the leap
and realizing that it’s not so scary after all, I found it to be really sad that so many
other people like me were still stuck in that hamster wheel and not feeling confident enough
to actually tap into other areas of their life. And so that was the story that I really wanted
to share with everyone else because I knew fundamentally that there were so many people
who don’t get to the stage where they realize this and when they do realize it, they’re
already tied up with a mortgage with kids. And so to get to the place where I was finally
getting some comments trickling in and when I was finally, you know, seeing people that
I didn’t even know of like strangers on the internet really resonating with my story and
even some people telling me because of your videos, I quit my job and now I’m doing these
amazing things that was literally like magical. [Instagram stories clip] Hi friends. I just posted my second video on YouTube. I really would love to have your feedback
and also sound off if you have any suggestions for topics that you want me to talk about. Eventually as I was building up that YouTube
channel, Oh went from having like one or two people trickling into a lot more coming into
my DMS into my comment section. And so that’s when I knew that I had essentially
created a mini community. And so that’s when I created my Facebook group
and it was called the fearless boss network. I wanted to really add more value to people
and what I ended up doing was creating these coffee chats with Vanessa and people could
sign up to actually talk to me, um, so that I could help them go through the transition
of quitting their jobs. But because of all the traction that I was
getting from other people, people just asked me if I could coach them. And that’s when I decided, okay, there’s a
demand for this. People want this from me, so let’s just give
it a shot. Because like I said, I really gave myself
this period of time to just experiment. I think by going back to humble beginnings
really also taught me how to eradicate the ego and just work for free. I don’t have any experience. Why should someone pay me? And even if they did pay me, like what can
I even offer? And so that’s when I decided to work for free. But then as I started to work with people
and realizing that I could get them results, that’s when I realized, okay, I think I can
actually make a living off of this. And then eventually I ended up doing a collaboration
with someone and it came up with an idea of doing a video about Instagram, something that
I had skills in but wasn’t necessarily confident in my skills. Okay. I had never done a video about Instagram or
social media and so to me it felt a little bit weird, but I did it and then that’s when
the channel really started picking up as well. Like it was already slowly growing, but it
was that one video that really took it to a whole nother level. [Music] it started to become bigger than myself at
some point and I knew that I could only help people one on one for so long and that’s why
I decided to create BOSSGRAM Academy, which is my course that literally packages a lot
of things that I know that have gotten me to this point to give it to people so that
they can really learn the ins and outs of using Instagram and starting a business online
and monetizing it the whole process because that’s what school never taught me. I remember my goal was just to get maybe 50
people and then when I saw hundreds of students enrolling in the first week, I was absolutely
shook. I had never seen six figures in my life. I never thought that it was going to be possible. [Instagram stories clip] I’m so honored and
happy to announce that my business has officially hit six figures today and a year ago I was
in the cubicle asking myself how I could get to this point. I’m sorry- I didn’t feel, I didn’t think I
would cry. I actually interviewed some of my students
in my course now and I asked them, you know, why did you buy the course? And they were like, we just believed in you. You spent so long on your channel giving free
value that we wanted to give back in a form of purchasing your course. And I don’t know a lot of course creators
I can say that of why someone would buy your course is because they want it to support
you as a person. Like that was so crazy for me to realize like
I have created not just a YouTube channel that has a 100,000 subscribers like anyone
can do that. But I created a community and I think that
because I had spent so long just doing the groundwork of getting into a deep level with
my audience that translated eventually to an amazing course launch. [inaudible] This is the bedroom that I started everything
in. I started my channel in, I remember I was
like sitting on the floor just right there filming videos. Um, this is where I launched my first course. This is where I took on my first few clients. Now we’re a place where not only are we behind
more team members and we’re scaling, but we’re also changing the environment that I’m working
in and actually having a legitimate office now and not necessarily doing work filming
videos right next to my bed. Cause there was a handful of people that have
followed me from the very first video. And I owe it to these people to show that
when you actually put your mind to something and when you actually make the decision to
commit to, you know, making your dreams or your vision happen, that there’s so many more
doors that can open for you. And for me, by moving into this new space,
it shows to me that I am moving forward and that I am progressing and then I’m not just
stopping here and that there’s so much more that I can achieve. I remember my biggest goal for 2019 was to
just hit a thousand subscribers. And so now fast forward today, we’re two weeks
ago, we hit 100,000 subscribers on YouTube. It’s just unreal to me. Oh my God. [inaudible] this is amazing Where a lot of people go wrong with wanting
to do YouTube or wanting to start a business is that they’re always only thinking about
the money and they’re only thinking about the external factors of success rather than
just taking the time to be humble to get close to people work for free like I did. Having those one on one conversations with
people, that’s what’s truly going to make, not just your products and services more elevated,
but also make this journey a lot more meaningful because it was months of me talking to people
one on one and listening to what people wanted and then delivering on that by packaging. All these questions that people were asking
me into this one course and I think that for so long I always thought that you had to be
someone that’s super special to hit 100,000 or a lot of people that have over a hundred
K subscribers have this like je ne sais quoi factor to them or some sort of like cheat
code of getting there. But from my experience, it’s just been me
authentically putting myself out online and just sharing the things that I think would
be helpful to other people and only focusing on how many people can I actually help through
my content. [Vanessa puts the 100k play button on a shelf] So after a year later, I now have a six figure
business, 100,000 subscribers and a team of four. And I think my story is proof that even in
this day and age you can still make it on YouTube. And more importantly, overnight success is
not real. And so now that we’re headed into this new
chapter of my YouTube journey, I’m excited for all the things that are ahead. And I think that my story is proof that even
though what you want to do in your life may not be conventional or may not be normal,
you can still do it so long as you put your mind to it. And while it’s not easy to let go of a job
that you went through four years of schooling to get, and it’s not easy to go against the
grain of what society is telling you is normal or not normal. You just have to listen to that voice inside
of your head that’s telling you that you can achieve more. You have to trust that you will be successful,
and only you can create the life that you want to live. But more importantly, you just have to take
the leap. [Old camera clip] Okay, so that video cut
off and I’m feeling a lot better. I guess what I was trying to say is that future
Vanessa, if you are watching this video, then just know that you got this. If you ever fallen sadness again because of
what other people think of you, then watch back this video and see how far you’ve come. And if you’re not Vanessa and you’re watching
this video, then I hope it shows that you’re human. And even if I’m crying, I believe in my fucking
dream and I believe in my potential. And I know I got this. It’s just debilitating and depressing when
other people don’t see it, but I know they’ll see it soon. I know they will. [Text on screen] To everyone that has been
a part of this year long journey, just know I did not do this alone. WE did this. WE are living proof that anything is possible. Thank you for supporting this channel and
my journey. And thank you for changing my life.


97 Responses

  1. Vanessa Lau

    September 29, 2019 3:57 pm

    To celebrate this year long journey, TODAY I just released an exclusive FREE TRAINING, you can sign up here: https://www.bossgramacademy.com/masterclass
    Thank you Lex&Josh Photography for helping me to tell my story. Visit them here: https://www.lexandjoshphotography.com/story
    If this video inspired you, make sure to take a picture of it on IG stories and TAG ME (@vanessalau.co) so I can RESHARE YOU! Comment below what your thoughts are on this video

  2. Tiffany Uman

    September 30, 2019 12:12 pm

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ My dear Vaness, I cannot put enough hearts on this video! I’m so proud of you and your perseverance and resilience. I always believed you would do great things and staying true to your journey and what you believe in has been critical. Keep doing amazing things and helping others get there too. You are incredible! Sending you much love, Tiff

  3. Pamela - The Oily Sea Sprite

    September 30, 2019 1:03 pm

    I’ve got tears, Vanessa! This video moved me, inspired me, and I’m looking forward to watching your journey unfold. Cheers to you!! ✨🥂

  4. EllieP Arts

    September 30, 2019 1:22 pm

    Congratulations!! I've been watching since the early 10,000!! It's amazing to watch your channel grow!! You've inspired me so much 💜

  5. Veena V - Youtube Coach

    September 30, 2019 1:27 pm

    I am crying so much, so proud of everything you have achieved and how humble you have stayed. This is just the beginning xxx

  6. Tiffany’s Korner Blog

    September 30, 2019 1:35 pm

    I am SO excited for you! I wasn’t here from the very first video but I came along fairly early and started watching your videos. Your growth and dedication is beyond inspiring. Thanks for being a light to those of us that need it!

  7. This Is My Everybody - Books & DIY Home Ideas

    September 30, 2019 1:40 pm

    Vanessa, Vanessa, Vanessa… There are no words… I would try to say more, but I am so inspired to get to work ⇨ that I am doing just that! Misty-eyed, grateful and inspired by your beautiful video… And looking forward to when you post your "Take the Leap || Journey to 1 MILLION" video!… You are my everybody… ✨😎✨

  8. Carlos Nunez

    September 30, 2019 1:59 pm

    Congrats! I actually am leaving my job next week and had this same idea to follow a 100k journey. This is awesome and loved it. Can't wait to start on mine.

  9. Sanne Pulles

    September 30, 2019 2:03 pm

    I watched this video this morning and I just wanted to come back to congratulate you on the 100.000

    I think it's so valuable that you have documented this whole journey, you will inspire so many coaches, entrepreneurs, content creators all over the globe. You are inspiring me since I discovered your channel at the end of April this year, I continuously look out for your new videos. You really take constructive criticism very well, you've improved so much.

    You deserve all of this 💕

  10. Amanda Brinkley

    September 30, 2019 2:56 pm

    This is great. Good on you for showing your vulnerability! So Brave! : ) And helpful & encouraging too! ; )

  11. Samira Rufai

    September 30, 2019 3:25 pm

    This made me cry soo much. After several years of contemplating if I should start my channel or not, (even though it has always been the number one thing I wanted to do) I finally did. I didn't want to disappoint my parents and every other person who was looking up to me) And to be honest each time I tell someone that I've started my channel, they tell me straight up that its a joke. your channel has really helped me grow and henceforth I will be documenting my journey. Thank you Vanessa for being an inspiration. I can't wait to come back here with more results ❤️❤️❤️

  12. Milou Pietersz

    September 30, 2019 3:36 pm

    You are amazing, authentic, inspirational! There aren't enough words to describe your greatness. Keep inspiring all of us!

  13. m1nt

    September 30, 2019 3:55 pm

    I’ve been following your journey from the beginning! I come from the corporate world, with a very traditional upbringing, went to college, got a high paying corporate job, but wasn’t truly fulfilled. Right now, I’ve been laying down the fountains for 2 of my own businesses. Recently, I put in my 2 week notice, ready to go all in! It’s so amazing to know you’ve come so far with all of your hard work and fearlessness. I wish you even MORE success in 2020. I know you’re gonna kill it just like I’m about to. Thanks Vanessa for inspiring me.

  14. Cynthia Hunter

    September 30, 2019 4:04 pm

    Love you Vanessa ! Thank you for your vulnerability and all of the knowledge you share !! The journey is the most beautiful part.

  15. Cookart by Anna

    September 30, 2019 4:23 pm

    So amazing to follow you through your journey! Keep going! Thank you for all your advices and Congratulations for everything❤️

  16. Crispin Djengiz

    September 30, 2019 4:25 pm

    Vanessa, this video is so inspirational and has helped me take my first leaps into my business. I have wanted to do this for a while but kept putting it off. Since I have watched your videos my mindset has dramaticaly changed. I had imposter sydrome, but now relize it doesn't matter and should work for free, becuase I love what I am doing- which I do. Now, I know that I should just "take the leap". Thanks for all the help!

  17. sunshinedelights

    September 30, 2019 4:33 pm

    Sobbing. like everyone else. No shade to others who do educational content on digital marketing but VANESSA, it's completely refreshing to see the humility behind your "why" and how you've actively live out your values behind your videos. You operate out of a place of faith in yourself + desire to help others, versus starting from a place of hitting a number.

    Thank you for your vulnerability and for sharing your beautiful story. Congratulations mama, SO WELL DESERVED. 👏🙌

  18. Con Cristina Santi

    September 30, 2019 5:51 pm

    There is magic in documenting your journey to success . This video is so inspiring! I can relate so much! At time it feels that I am stagnant but I have to keep pushing through ! Congrats on your success ! You are truly an inspiration!

  19. Nature's Bestfriend

    September 30, 2019 6:19 pm

    Im cryingggggg like omgggggggggggggggg 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭yourself inspires me to start my Youtube channel thank youuu sooooooooooooo much you gave me hope❤❤❤❤❤

  20. Urvee

    September 30, 2019 6:22 pm

    I cried with you❤️ I could relate to this on a much deeper level 🥺 Hats off to you as I begin my journey to help people online ❤️

  21. Евгения Осадчая

    September 30, 2019 6:57 pm

    😭😭😭Vanessa, you're incredible in pretty much every way!
    Thanks for everything you do for us ❤️❤️❤️

  22. DIY Online Content

    September 30, 2019 7:46 pm

    Congratulations Vanessa! I am so happy for you and grateful for enjoying the fruits of your hard work!

  23. Meghan

    September 30, 2019 8:21 pm

    So freaking excited and happy for you Vanessa! You're such a hard worker and love that it's finally paying off 🙂 keep kicking butt!!

  24. Pat Wallace

    September 30, 2019 8:37 pm

    I just got back from a week long trip for a family wedding and I feel so drained.
    Just lying in bed relaxing and realized I missed this video! Wow I am so proud of you! 💕

  25. John Lewis

    September 30, 2019 9:08 pm

    Wow Vanessa…past, present, and future Vanessa….I'm glad that you kept all of this raw footage….I'm proud of you and I look forward to your continued success….thank you for all of the helpful content that you produce #salute

  26. Deyvid Dimitrov

    September 30, 2019 9:17 pm

    I quit my office job, going part time in retail to start my side marketing agency, and you do not understand how much you have inspired me over the last couple of months <3

  27. Bwaringa Collins

    September 30, 2019 9:59 pm

    Congratulations Vanessa,you inspire me alot,it's not always easy,…thank you for sharing your story,imma follow your footsteps, hopefully I'll grow like you❤🌟🌟

  28. Jules Viera

    September 30, 2019 10:45 pm

    Vanessa, thank you! Friday was my last day at my job. Today is Monday and it's my first day being my own boss…and I'm scared. Watching this gave me so much hope. I hope that you know you are truly inspiring!

  29. Natural Health Resources

    September 30, 2019 11:07 pm

    What a beautiful video! So real and raw! Have been following you from the early days and am so proud of you! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🎉🎉🌟

    This is fantastic! Congrats on such a beautiful journey! It’s just getting started! 🚀

    Thanks for all the awesome impactful tips! Beyond grateful💗

  30. Jess Chung

    September 30, 2019 11:35 pm

    vanessa you are so inspiring and courageous. thank you so much for this video 💕 you showed us that it's possible to chase a different path and succeed in it. i quit my corporate job exactly 2 months ago and although it's scary not knowing what's next i also know that i'm happier than ever and that everything will work out if i continue to work hard. thank you for sharing your story!!

  31. LifeWithJustine

    September 30, 2019 11:52 pm

    I'm currently trapped in a job that i hate. The reason i am scared to quit and take the leap is because I need income to survive since i support myself and of course don't want to starve and end up homeless. whats your advice on that?

  32. Jacqueline Marrero

    October 1, 2019 12:19 am

    Amen. You are inspiring. God had a purpose for you. Thank you for helping me too. I know too have started my channel. God bless.

  33. Juliana Sampson

    October 1, 2019 12:20 am

    This is so beautiful. Thank you for taking the leap and sharing such a genuine story.
    Your success tells me that I too can succeed and that it's absolutely ok to go against "popular" expectations.

    Love you Vanessa
    PS: thanks for the free course

  34. Steve Lai

    October 1, 2019 1:17 am

    Thank you @VanessaLau for doing what you do, I am extremely thankful that I’ve found your channel and for the last couple of months I have been going through some depression about my job, watched all your videos and it help me get through this time of hardship… thank you for all your motivation and your time and dedication to youtube, you earned yourself a life long subscriber!

  35. kyiron positivity

    October 1, 2019 1:25 am

    Wow, a leap of that dream, or dreams. You, made leaping into real life your life. You saw when others did not see, but you choose to Believe, really BELIEVE.

  36. Simply Pinay

    October 1, 2019 1:37 am

    I highly resonate with your journey. A year ago I quit my accounting job to pursue my YouTube dreams and everyone was disappointed in me. Slowly but surely they are getting it as they see how my YouTube channel grows and how I earn so much from it.

  37. Christa Bello

    October 1, 2019 2:02 am

    This is so SO SO GOOD, Vanessa. I cried and also laughed with you through out the video. Well-done Lex&Josh Photography.
    Love it so much❤️


    October 1, 2019 2:52 am

    Congratulations VANESAA!!!
    u did a greaaat workk!
    thank you for motivating me,
    keepp persistent and dont change!
    love from indonesia ❤️

  39. The Derdub XP

    October 1, 2019 2:54 am

    This brought tears to my eyes. All I can say is wow! Such a great inspiration! Brought back hope. Thank you! Subscribed!

  40. Vanity Truth

    October 1, 2019 3:00 am

    Girl you really changed my whole perspective of youtube and how to be a better content creator. You definitely did it. Keep on pushing til you can’t no more. Congrats on this milestone.🔥🔥🔥🔥🎉🎉🎉🎉

  41. Portia MONAE Green

    October 1, 2019 3:55 am

    Thank you for sharing this inspiring video! I am a recent subscriber but this video has got me in my feels because you really brought us on your life journey showing your strength, beauty, intellect and resilience. I’m so happy for your success! You deserve it 💚👑🙌🏽

  42. Arjay Ardanas

    October 1, 2019 4:06 am

    This video is truly amazing. My business partner and I have been following you for some time! True inspiration!!!

  43. Royalty Cosmos

    October 1, 2019 5:35 am

    My dreams are sure possible and all that we see in our head of us can become reality. Thanks for sharing…


    October 1, 2019 6:23 am

    Thank you for this beautiful story and what an amazing journey it’s been for you. You’re an inspiration to all of us. 🙏🏼


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