Earlier this week I spoke at my high school alumni career day. I enjoy speaking at these events because it gives me a chance to remember who I was back then, and reflect upon how far I really came over the year.
Another interesting point, I was the youngest alum to show up. I left high school back in 2002. I say left because I was originally slated to graduate in 2003, but that’s another story for another time. That means it was 10 years since I’ve been in high school. As for the other alums, they mainly graduated in the early 90’s and back. That means that they are as far from me from my graduating year as I am from the student I’m talking to. So now I have a chance to see what’s to come in the next decade of MY life. And there are a few pieces of information that I’d like to point out.
Live your Passion
Or should I say, have passion in what you do. Passion is a driver, I truly believe more so the monetary gain. When you look at successful people, they have something in common, a driving passion behind their actions, a reason to get up in the morning. They aren’t passionate because they won the money making game, they win BECAUSE of their passion.
I understand that one’s situation isn’t always apt to promoting a passionate life. Which came first, the shitty job, or the worn down attitude. Life is hard, dammit. Passion gives us something to live for, a reason for getting up.
Sell Sell Sell
I was always shy growing up. I still struggle with it, hence my crazy blog forcing me to make my ideas public. So I never got on the sales bandwagon. Now I understand, selling is everything. You are always selling something to someone, and usually, you’re selling yourself and your talents to the world.
Everyone should take classes in sales and public speaking. Did you know, people are more afraid to speak in public then they are of dying! DYING! I’ve been to that edge before, I’ve written about it in my past post and it’s bloody scary! You’re saying people rather die in a metal tube, 150 feet deep, then get up and talk to another human being?
I love teaching, I love speaking, I get a rush from it. But it’s something I had to learn to do. Slowly, over time, I’m getting better at playing the selling game, but it takes conscience effort to work on it. We are all unique, speaking about yourself should come naturally.
This is the hardest thing of all. None of it matters if you aren’t happy. Something I learned years ago, being happy is an active decision you make everyday. Like everyone else, I’ve gone through ups and downs. Bad relationships, bad situations, difficult life choices, poor grade, good times, big wins, boring days.
Being happy is one of the hardest things you’ll ever decide on, but you need to make the decision. For some, it’s harder for others, but it’s never easy, it’s important to realize, everyone goes through it, and what you see on the outside is an illusion built on the the same struggle. Never put yourself down, and don’t compare yourself to others.
Be true to yourself
At the start and end of the day, you have only one person to answer to, yourself. When you don’t stick to your values and core beliefs, you’re going to feel uneasy, stressed, and just plain awful. I don’t know about you, but I like to sleep at night. I work with people I like, and I try to stick to doing things I enjoy.
Whenever I lose perspective, I watch this video, and remind myself, when you lift your head out of your situation, the world is an amazing place filled with billions of opportunities to shine. But you need to turn on the switch….
Attitude is everything
My mother, every day..