Part 1: Go-getter, focused and proud: How to create your own luck
It’s one thing to wish for something. It’s another thing to make it happen. One of the vehicles to cross that bridge is called “taking risks”. Stay focused. Go get it!
In Part 1 of 3, of my take on how to create your own luck, let me to introduce myself to you.
Growing up, I wanted to be many things: I learned how to read at the age of 2, how to write at the age of 3 and eventually expressed the desire to be a novel writer. I learned how to count in my baby years as well and wanted to be a banker. I developed drawing skills at the age of 7 and wanted to be an artist.
In my class and in every school I had been, I was always that brilliant and motivated student. I would advance myself through books at home so as to feel comfortable at school ahead of each new lesson. Learning was my hobby and I didn’t limit the definition of education to what is taught within the four walls of a classroom.
“The greatness of the human personality begins at the hour of birth. From this almost mystic affirmation there comes what may seem a strange conclusion: that education must start from birth,” Maria Montessori correctly stated in ‘The Absorbent Mind (1967)’.
Six years and counting: how I got to where I am now
I had countless career dreams until my passion for football grew enormously. I decided to enter the world of online journalism. I was still a teenager and my French brain had a hard time hearing the English language properly. I had no clue how to use a computer and no understanding whatsoever of the internet. All I had was the desire to publish football stories online to be read by people from across the globe.
In my case, the truth – as European novelist Eva Figes put it in a January 1973 edition of Nova Magazine – was that: “Unless society recognises that its responsibility extends far beyond the provision of free schooling, the money spent on state education is largely wasted. School becomes just another way of institutionalising the poor.”
“So I quit school to better educate myself.”
Pragmatism and practice were two things I needed. Fortunately, things worked out for me in the online sports industry but it didn’t happen overnight. God knows how many long days and nights I spent self-teaching under difficult conditions. I am an independent person and the pressure to acquire a paid job soon took its toll on me but I wasn’t willing to give up. I used the pressure in my favour to keep pushing until I found my breakthrough.
My biggest worry in the early stages of my career was to maintain my focus and achieve my goals, amid the obvious lack of support. When there are more downs than ups, negative comments clearly do not help. It requires a lot of strength to come out of your battles victorious. However, my experience as a bullied kid helped me to learn how to believe in myself at a very young age.
In ‘Optimisim, an essay (1903)’, Helen Keller wrote that “the highest result of education is tolerance.” This American deaf and blind lecturer and writer couldn’t have put these seven words together in a more simple but accurate way.
There will be stones thrown at you and there will be rocks obstructing your way. Your progress will depend on how well you can use that to your advantage. Almost seven years since commencing my career as an online writer, the struggle continues, but the road is less rocky than in my humble beginnings…
*Stay tuned for Part 2 of 3
by: Angela Asante
Guest Contributor, Workingmomin20s.com
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