Downplay

Hey guys! Welcome back to ADM! So I’ve been pretty overwhelmed lately and I think it has to do with the fact that I’ve got only 2 WEEKS (more on that here)  until I graduate. Which means that finals are right around the corner and also means that for the next week or so, my blog posts will be pretty short.

Lately on social media, I’ve been seeing people get awards for things that are within their realm of interest. Whether it be something in each of their academic lives or their professional careers.   Now, I don’t have a problem with that…

I ACTUALLY LOVE THAT!

I love seeing people making use of their talents and actually honing that skill that gets them awards. It’s amazing and I love seeing the look of happiness on their faces!

Maybe, I’m looking waay too far into this… what annoys me though, is how people will say “wow, I never thought this was possible”, “I can’t believe did this” , etc.  I feel like if you have a desire or a dream to do something that you have a passion for, I feel like that passion and the work you put forth, will eventually pay off, in one way or another.

So if you read my last post, I go to a community college. When I started out there, I made clear what one of my goals was: to get into an honor society.

That was my goal from. day. one.

I worked hard and I got into the honor society, because I made that possible. My attitude going into community college was, “okay, I have 4 semesters, or 2 years, let’s make the best of these years”. No bullshit. nada. Just faith that things would eventually work out for me, given my situation.

I didn’t just get into one honor society. BUT 2! The way I look at it is, the first one I got into wasn’t the one I wanted, but it was a stepping stone into the honor society that I wanted to get into.

The thing is though, I get it. Sometimes life doesn’t really work out the way you expect it to. So what’s the point? What if all you do is try hard to achieve your goals and they’re not getting you anywhere? What then?

Breathe. Progress takes time. Maybe you won’t get it the first year you try or even the second year. But just know that success a journey, not a destination. You don’t just get to being successful, you learn, you grow, and you adapt. Success is a process.

If you think about it, the more you think that you’re not going to make it, there’s a chance that you won’t make it! I hate to say this, but if you want to achieve your goals, change your attitude.

The more you think of a negative possibility of something happening, the less you are going to be able to find another way of thinking. You lock yourself into one mindset and that’s not how it’s supposed to be.

You’re supposed to be giving yourself infinite options. If something doesn’t work out the way you want it to, don’t just sit around thinking about where you went wrong. Get yourself back up and learn from it. We go through life forgetting our mistakes, in the hopes that they don’t come back to haunt us (more on that here).

Basically what I’m saying is, don’t downplay your awards or recognition for things that you have been working towards. You are capable of being as good as the next best person, in your field. You all have something unique to contribute to the world and just working towards those goals and honing that skill, is an amazing thing.  Do what makes you happy, because people will see that and want to be a part of what you do.

Remember, people want to know not just what you do (because that’s a given), but they also want to know why you do what you do.  For all my college students, Why does an area of study interest you? For all my people who are in their careers, why does doing what you do interest you?

People want to know about your passions and would want to see that passion flourish into something bigger. By something bigger, I don’t mean becoming famous, like a celebrity (because that’s easy).  But I mean like in terms of careers, learning to be innovative and learning where you can use your talents. Not everyone can do what you do. With passion and a little drive, anything is possible.

Sending love and light your way,

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