“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
― Mark Twain
“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.”
― Bill Cosby
As I prepare to walk across the graduation stage today, I realize that I have now completed a portion of my life’s goals. I have successfully transitioned into adulthood. I understand that my achievement did not come without the support of my family, friends, and professors but I also understand that if I had tried to please everyone along the way I would not be here today. The desire to please always comes at a cost, and one person always pays it. You! Since failure disproportionately impacts you, would it not be better to go about striving to please yourself (in a socially conscious way, of course) and then have the added bonus of pleasing others when you start achieving success? Think about it.
“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt
This week marks the end of my Undergraduate career as a student. Now that I am leaving school, I realize that I am a person who likes to play it safe. But playing it safe doesn’t allow me to live life. It’s scary to be uncomfortable but I can’t stay in my comfort zone. I won’t grow in my comfort zone. I have to step out and take chances.
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.”
― Jim Henson
Nowadays I dare someone to tell me I’m not the hottest thing since the release of the first iPhone! I realize that if I don’t love all aspects of myself then no-one else will.
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
― Albert Einstein
How often do we compare ourselves to others in terms of their accomplishments instead of taking the time to appreciate our own individual accomplishments and abilities. We are all individuals and we can never achieve what someone has for ourselves. No, you can attain your own goals and achieve your objectives because it is not theirs once you gain, it its yours. It has been colored by your experience, joys, and pains and is unique to you.