Last week, I was face-timing my best friend Matilda, when she sent me a screenshot of a salty comment, from an all-back bone human…


Meet Anon.


Anon’s question actually has more depth than he/she even realises. In a world where we celebrate entrepreneurs, and lady bosses on the daily, it’s both mildly entertaining slash a little sad, that Anon still thinks of ‘Try Hard’ as an insult.


Of course I am a try hard. If the word ‘such’ was intended to further the phrase, meaning I am a massive try hard, than I will take that too. And take it as a compliment.


Because yes, I am trying fucking hard. I have been trying hard for the past year to get to where I am now, and my plans for the future? Try even harder!  As a general rule, things in life don’t come easy. Take a moment and think of a badass female icon that hasn’t worked to get herself to where she is… Does she exist? If so, is she really as cool as you think?


In my reclaim of the word try hard, I’ve put together a quick list of practical ways you can try harder. Because I’ll take salty comments over losing out on opportunities for fear of being insulted by keyboard warriors, today and everyday.


  1. Make yourself not only available to opportunities, but chase them up too. People will rarely give you exactly what you want.
  2. Never settle for the minimum expenditure. Always give a little more and be a perfectionist when it matters.
  3. When possible, check in on your loved ones and make sure they are getting what they need from you. The pursuit of success career-wise, must be balanced with your personal relationships.
  4. Don’t be afraid to pitch your ideas, even if they are out of the box. People like refreshing opinions, usually.
  5. Dress well. Drink lots of water. Eat food that nourishes your body. Have a self-care regime, it might be a monthly facial or a weekly hair mask.


And Anon, try harder at being a nice person.

Words: Ella Jane

Photo: Chloe Brinklow