Success is a choice.
In life we frequently hear how lucky people are. You got into an amazing college – ‘you are so lucky.’ You got that amazing job – ‘oooh, how lucky are you?’ And the list goes on and on. In reality – the success you hear about has nothing to do with luck and everything to do about choices.
From the time you are a child, you are given choices. Your first choices are minor – what kind of cereal do you want and do you want a red or blue ice pop are among the big decisions we are faced with. As we get older and enter elementary school and then middle school, our decisions become a bit more important and can even have an effect on your future.
As a 6th grader in my son’s middle school, if you have good grades you can get into honors for Math and Science for the 7th grade. Children are faced with a choice – should they study and excel in school or spend hours a day on the Xbox, PlayStation or something else that may be more fun? We are talking about 11 and 12 year old children – with most of them opting for the fun choice, resulting in regular classes – unless they are naturally gifted, of course.
While it may not seem like a big deal, the path your child takes early on may very well determine their high school path – honors leads to AP classes (college courses) and will determine what college you get into. No honor or AP classes doesn’t mean you won’t be a success – it means you may have to work harder on your road to success.
There are exceptions to every story – with many people flourishing after high school or college – but success is a choice. It is a path you can choose early on. So the next time someone tells you how lucky you are – let them know – it wasn’t luck – it was a lot of hard work.