Monday, June 26, 2017

Visualize, and a Door Will Open For You

The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live. - Flora Whittemore

The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live. - Flora Whittemore

It seems like only yesterday I was standing in an Army formation looking at my fellow soldiers and thinking, “Wow! we all look exactly alike.” There’s nothing to distinguish me from the person on my right or my left, and at that very moment I knew I had to make a change in my life. I had served my country for four years and it was time to move on. I started to think, what will I do? Who will hire me? Do employers hire soldiers fresh out of the military? All of these questions weighed heavy on my mind for awhile, until one day I got up and said to myself “Hey self, what do you have to lose?” So I completed my last month of enlistment, packed my Ford Escort up and headed to Atlanta GA, where I heard the sky was the limit and you could do anything you put your mind to.

photo: favoritethings / CC BY 2.0

Once in Atlanta I quickly became overwhelmed. At the tender age of 25 I hadn’t experienced a whole lot outside of the Military, and before the military I was in college. So I was like a fish out of water as you might say. Every door I knocked on was quickly closed. I thought to myself maybe I made the wrong decision. After 6 months of working odd end jobs, I finally gave up and put an application in at Applebee’s. I told myself that my pride wouldn’t get in the way of me living. Sure I had a college degree and served my country, now I’ll just serve my country food instead. I put the application in and soon as I humbled myself something happened. It was like the sky got a little brighter. The next day while doing my daily run I met a woman on the trail, we became work out partners and soon she would become my mentor. She introduced me to some pretty high profile people, we attended several events together and pretty soon I knew what I wanted to do in life. I wanted to coordinate events for celebrities. I told myself it was going to happen and just like that it did.

My first event was for the artist formerly known as “Prince.” I was working for a company and volunteered to take lead on the event. I couldn’t believe it there I was standing in front of Prince telling him that I was one of the event coordinators and to let me know if he needed anything. The events just started rolling in after that. Soon, we were planning events for Madonna, Gwen Stephani, Ludacris, Cypress Hill, and even Denzel Washington. After a year with that company I started my own company and have done events for major motion pictures, sports figures and entertainers alike. My life has totally changed and it’s because I visualized what I wanted and I went after it.

There’s no such thing as the Impossible. We live in a country where all of your dreams can come true. You just have to believe in yourself and stand tall. You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.

Oh, and by the way I never had to work at Applebee’s—humility pays off.

About the Author: Nicole Stell

Nicole Stell

Nicole Stell

Nicole Stell, the ultimate event planner, provides Atlanta, Georgia with the best. She brings a solid background of promotions and artist management with a “who’s who” rolodex to prove it. She has worked with some of the industry’s top promoters, and entertainers; spearheading promotions for the likes of Ludacris, Jason Weaver, Gwen Stefani, Jazze Pha, Prince, Christopher Robinson, and many more. Email her: nstell (at)

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