Today it helped me discover a girl who literally could share the same brain as me. At least she "gets me" in a way not a lot of people in my life do. Let me explain...
"When I think of success, I don’t think about working for some multi-million dollar corporation managing all of the best accounts, swiftly climbing the corporate ladder.
Instead, I think about being happy. I think about finding a career that I love, one that challenges me... that allows me to help others, that allows me to give back in some way.
That doesn’t make me any less ambitious. That doesn’t make me any less determined. It just means that I’m working towards something different.
And I’ll never apologize for that."
She wrote that in her Generation Y Redfines Success post and it is basically everything I've been wanting to say for a long time.
I can think back to when I applied to college. I didn't want to but I did because what else was I supposed to do? Disobey my father? Disappoint other family members? Yeah... right. I spent my first two years, and only college years so far, miserable. I got by with a decent GPA, skipping a lot of classes and doing half-assed work, because I wasn't happy or inspired. I was working towards other peoples definition of success, not my own.
Almost 6 years later I find myself in a similar situation. It's not that I don't want to put in the work, because I am a damn hard worker, I just don't want to settle. I know what I am capable of and I know there are opportunities out there that are perfect for me.
|Photo Credit: Demetri Martin, “This is a book"|
My path to success is exciting, messy, and different. I'm okay with that. Thank you, Kayla, for speaking out about this.