To Become Great, Build Something Great

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To Become Great, Build Something Great

entrepreneur |ˌäntrəprəˈnoŏr; -ˈnər|


a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.

• a promoter in the entertainment industry.


I didn’t realize that I became an entrepreneur. I was following where my heart led me, and voila, now I’m one of them.

When I finally quit my job to be a travel writer, I had quite a few panic attacks. I thought I built something really great, but I was looking at just a trailhead of a mountain size of Kilimanjaro. I still had a long way to go and was on one path among thousands. Just like learning wine. The more you know, the more you realize you don’t know. For some time I couldn’t look at Facebook updates. It made me feel like everyone but me was moving on and scoring in their life, professionally. Speaker, author, published photographer, successful blogger and so on. I was keep questioning, “why couldn’t I be like that?”

Enlightenment came.

To be professionally successful, I needed to do something great first. The idea in my head won’t prove anything. My action, the big leap was just a start. It took me to the starting point, and now it was my turn. I needed to actually start building something good. And I didn’t realize that before.

Once I saw this advertisement from National Geographic (or other photography magazine), that the answer to the question “how can I be an amazing photographer?” was “go somewhere amazing.” So true. Every shot would be a magazine worthy in the Alps than the everyday life in the city. If the surrounding is amazing, it’s easier to mimic the amazingness than create the whole new one. The effort to get ourselves to the amazing place, that’s what makes everything different.

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I quit my job. I have an interesting website. I have a good personality. I have abilities. However, these facts won’t get me to the pedestal. My action will.

Ever since the enlightenment came to my system, I’ve tried hard to create something meaningful and evergreen. I had minor success along the way, but I still have high hopes. My notebook is filled with scribbles of ideas, short sentences and list of things to do.

Every single day, to become great, I’m building something great.

Cheers to you all entrepreneurs out there.

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Juno set off for the wider world to pursue her passion for travel and storytelling. She traveled the world as an award-winning travel blogger and photographer, witnessing the everyday life of different cultures. Currently based in Anchorage, Alaska and exploring this amazing Last Frontier. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Instagram .


  1. Christy says:

    I love this! I have found that not comparing myself to others helps dramatically with my sanity. As long as I’m doing what I love and pushing myself, that makes me happy.

    • Juno Kim says:

      Thanks Christy! It’s inevitable to compare myself to others, but it’s important to snap out of it I think. But it’s a good sign, we dream big! 🙂

  2. Michael says:

    I love that picture!
    Keep your head up high, Juno!

  3. Ross says:

    Good luck with your goals. Don’t forget that what you are doing is pretty amazing to many of us. Doing what you love is a pretty big success by itself.

    • Juno Kim says:

      Thanks Ross, that means a lot to me. Craving something bigger makes me forget things that I already have. It’s a hard balance. 🙂 Thanks for the reminder.

  4. Very nice post Juno! Being an entrepreneur can feel a bit lonely at times. 🙂

    • Juno Kim says:

      It’s an exciting lifestyle but yes, it can be lonely. But there are a lot of us who are going through same thing, which means I have many people to share. 🙂

  5. Great post Juno! For some people it takes a long time realizing what their dream is. I have found mine through travel blogging as well, but I am not doing it full-time yet. That’s the next step!

    • Juno Kim says:

      Cheers to you Tammy! Through travel blogging, I am finding what I really like to do. Writing is great too but it’s a tool for where I want to go. I’m grateful to find what I want. Hope you’ll get to your way soon as well!

  6. ciki says:

    love the new look babe.. well done!

  7. The Guy says:

    I think you have some fabulous achievements already Juno. You are making great just a little bit more great.

    I do like your new web design too.

  8. Good stuff! It’s always inspiring to see other travel writers and bloggers share their stories of pushing through the hard times towards success. Doing what makes you happy is the biggest success of all.

    • Juno Kim says:

      I agree. I’m happy to do something I love every day, but it doesn’t change the fact it’s challenging. But I’d rather challenge something I love, than things I have no passion!

  9. Awesome post 🙂 really inspirational stuff. Good luck in chasing down your dreams 😀

  10. Thanks for building this GREAT post! Completely agree…this stresses a call to action to start DOING. The things we create and the art we share is of utmost importance. We may be insignificant individually, but we’re infinitely significant in the things we create.

    • Juno Kim says:

      Hi Matthew, thanks, glad you enjoyed the article. The first step is always the hardest. I found my creativity in life, but the problem is, there are literally millions of different ways to achieve something. Everything’s on me, no one to blame if I fail. I feel more grown up, and alive!

  11. Andi says:

    LOVE this post!!!! You rock girl!

  12. Candice says:

    You are doing something great just by opening up and being honest with your readers. I am also an entrepreneur in the travel industry, and at first I thought the exact same as you, everyone seems to be leaping forward in bounds but me. No one likes to talk about the hard road to success, but it IS a hard road, and only those with guts get the glory!

    • Juno Kim says:

      Thanks Candice. I felt the same. Since no one told me about the struggling below the water, I only saw the glory and thought this would be easy. It looks like sometimes the result only matters, but sometimes the process can matter as well. I don’t know what to do! Just be thankful for everyday I have, and do what I can do the best. It’s a hard job! 🙂

  13. SunLee says:

    와우 하루만에 엄청난 리플이군

  14. Karla says:

    You’re following your passion and doing what you love Juno. That is both a risk but also your soul call 😉

    It may be rocky at times but the rewards and satisfaction will be totally worthwhile!

    Keep up the great work 😉

  15. Being an Entrepreneur is not easy but I think it is a whole lot better than working for someone else. Keep following your passion and you will be successful. I am very impressed by what you have accomplished so far.

  16. Alex says:

    Love that advice about being a good photographer! Very inspiring 🙂

  17. Erica says:

    You can do it! 😀

    I’m with you every step of the way, blog sister!

  18. Sofie says:

    Looking at what others have achieved can bring you down, but I think it can also motivate you to research WHY these others are succesful and if you yourself could apply some of the strategies they apply.
    I wish you the best of luck with creating your own piece of great!

  19. “For some time I couldn’t look at Facebook updates. It made me feel like everyone but me was moving on and scoring in their life, professionally.” SOOOOOO TRUE! In many occasions, like this one, your thoughts/feelings are EXACTLY the same as mine… It seems as if I had written them myself, I promise!

    What I like the most of this blog are not the travel stories or the photographs… NO, what really appeals to me its your utter sincerity. You have a great blog. Congratulations!

  20. Ayngelina says:

    This is really inspiring Juno, I am sure you will do great things.

  21. Federico says:

    Great inspiration Juno! When pursuing your dreams even just some success will be very gratifying 🙂

  22. Keep up the good work. Many choose the path to entrepreneurship because they want to make a difference. Thank you for the inspiration!

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