Growing up through the years from my teenage adolescence to what now is my early adulthood and nearing the end of college has been a great journey. I came into college with the same mindset any normal individual would have, to get my degree and have fun as often as I could. However the game plan changed after my first year and I haven’t been looking back much ever since. If I looked around it was the same type of atmosphere everywhere I turned to. The routine of going to class and getting the grades, partying on weekends, and living the bare minimum of what was expected. I couldn’t posses myself to keep living this draggy plain type of life so I decided to change it. I stopped with what I’d like to call is the BS (bullshit) and began focusing on my future outside the box of the idea that no-way simply a degree would secure a promising future for me or anyone for the matter.
Since I can remember people have been more focused about living in the moment, doing things only today and not looking down the long road to tomorrow. I recall when I was back in middle school, specifically throughout my math classes I had friends and acquaintances copy homework assignments off me just so they would have “their” work done. At first it wasn’t a huge deal to me since to those whom were my friends, it was a “friend type” thing to do, right? However those were the kids struggling with the subject and me simply giving them the answers wasn’t doing them the real favor. Nothing in life is handed to you but for the few things that may look to come easy, they probably aren’t as meaningful in the first place. Those 3 years in middle school taught me that valuable lesson down the road to my present day future.
I think as teenagers we are all prone to living in the moment every now and then which is all in part of the growing up phase. However there are the people that get it and those who don’t. Some go to college to get an education and become lifetime students and others manage to graduate but look to ride out the party wave a little bit longer before it crashes them back to the shore and they wonder where they went wrong? No matter what the case may be, it all starts with the individual and his or her mindset.
This is my testimonial of how I’ve broken through the cycle and created a mindset of awareness to my future and well being. I have now been going to classes and looking for ways to further my understanding of topics, whether it be to stay after and discuss materials with the professor or to get an outside source such as a book. Many of my professors have suggested books to read after completing the course and I have done so. I spend at least an hour a day listening to audio-books and sometimes a good chunk more while multitasking and doing my homework. Instead of watching tv when I’m not as busy, I tune to hulu desktop and have a preset list of business and entrepreneurial shows on my queue that are ready to be watched. Routinely I plan to go to the gym 5 times a week to keep myself mentally de-stressed and to release some extra energy. I make sure of it that there is no time for me to be bored. Being bored or having nothing to do means you are unwilling to use your brain and time for beneficial matters.
I will always find something to read whether it is on business start-ups or on how to do this and that, knowledge truly is power. Of course I can admit to having an occasional drink here or there, I am only human and taking breaks leads to future productivity. I’ve come up with more ideas during my break periods away from working than when I am engaged at my computer screen or desk. In all, what really keeps me driving forward is My Goals List. I know clearly what I want to reach when it comes down to my tasks and helps me see the commitment I need to having it happen. Everyone is entitled to box out distractions and enjoy living in the moment ever so often, with your loved ones, playing a competitive sports game in a league, or just going out on a nice calm ride around town. To each their own moment of preference of course, however down here on earth reality is what you do for your ultimate future. So I leave you all with the following quotes below to consider:
“When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened.” -John M. Richardson, Jr.
“Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the present toward the future.” -Denis Waitley
“My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there” -Charles F. Kettering
“For tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today” -African Proverb
“The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created – created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination.”” -Deborah James