These are the things that will define my life.
I feel that every day, I figure out something that I didn’t completely grasp before. Today, I realized that success comes from identifying the things that truly matter to you.
What matters the most to me, is making my parents proud of what I do.
I’m blessed to have such great parents who do everything they can to get out of my way and hand me all the possible tools to flourish. There are a lot of people in the world who don’t receive as many chances as I do, and I’d feel incredibly bad if I were to waste the opportunities my parents present to me.
I feel that, even though I make radical decisions that aren’t exactly aligned with their vision of my future, my family is extremely proud of what I’m doing, the risks I take and the things I’m trying to achieve. Just now, I realized that the fire burning inside me, that’s constantly pushing me to go harder, faster and stronger, is in fact fueled by a virtuous circle. (Yes, I just quoted Daft Punk)
I will exploit every chance they give me and I will succeed, because I want to make them proud. Making them and myself proud, will again fuel that same fire burning inside me.
I want to be remarkable.
These are the moments that will define my life. Without them, life will lack the meaning that makes it worth living. Some day my life will come to an end, and I want to look back on a life filled with the satisfaction that comes from knowing I’ve exhausted my potential and achieved the dreams that haunted me in my youth.
6 years ago, I was a slacker. A time-waster, a procrastinator. A typical high-school student.
After high-school and after shortly going through the employment system my parents have been in for dozens of years, I discovered my calling.
I noticed that even though it’s immensely difficult to create the discipline required to sustain focus, once I found out about my passion for entrepreneurship, soon enough that focus became a part of my character.
When all your mental and emotional resources are fixed upon your goal, the sleepless nights and the extra hours don’t bother you, they inspire yet more effort. I now understand that this is what has kept others from success and it is what will make success so sweet.
We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.
I’m trying to set out boldly, because I know that no one is going to come and hand me my dreams. With the first taste of success, I realized that the possibilities were higher than I first imagined. I reevaluate, reconsider, and my ambitions evolve. The first realization of success becomes the motivating factor for even greater accomplishment.
Old friends begin to look at me differently. I can see it in their eyes, and notice it in the way I feel, the newfound conviction in my mind. I’m doing something most people never get the chance of doing, I’m living life on my terms – and they can see it.
The truth about achieving the things we want isn’t elegant and profound, it’s harsh and it’s ugly. Success comes from a level of effort that slackers are unwilling to entertain and a level of focus that procrastinators are unable to sustain.
I’m going to show my parents how great I am.