Today, I realize that tomorrow will most likely be my first University quiz in micro-economics, and for the first time since high school I’m a little anxious about school. For most my diploma at NSCC, I didn’t feel like I had to put a mandatory urgency for school work as if I failed the course it was just a cost of $$ and time but I’d always have the opportunity to take it again. I understand how that looks, and heard it from my instructors that in real life it doesn’t work that way.. They were preaching to the choir as whole premise behind my prioritization was; I was in my career and that was my priority in life which when I look back and see where I am today. I think was the right decision.
It took me 4 years to complete my NSCC diploma, and I probably got way more out of it than most of my peers, because I had 4 years of it and I was in the position to understand why I was learning what I was and where I could apply that real life to be successful. This un-orthodox method of through part of me post secondary education worked for me and even though It cost me more than the typical NSCC diploma, It’s already paying off. What I learned about myself from all the failures and successes throughout that time in my life, prepared me for real life today. It prepared me for the time management and prioritizing skills needed to balance a stressful demanding career, personal life as well as continuing my education to obtain my BBA.
Life is one hell of a journey, and success to me isn’t defined by the opportunities available at the end, but by the experiences gained in both successes and failures throughout that journey that help you grow as a human being. I’ve had my fair number of challenges, failures, mistakes and stressful times in life, and the person that all those have shaped me to be today is my story of success. I wake up everyday ready and excited to be challenged, prepared to work as hard as I have to be successful.
The newest challenge I face is that failure at MSVU isn’t an option. In order to graduate I need to have a minimum GPA. That means that failures count and matter whereas before they were just an expense and a lesson. When I started writing this I was much more anxious than I am now after I reflected on the past 5 years of my life. Sometimes in life you just need to sit down, relax and do something that is therapeutic for yourself. For me it’s reflecting on my journey through life and my failures and challenges. Reminding myself of my failures, and challenges and how I overcame them and was triumphant. This has become my obsession, to challenge myself beyond my comfort zone where failure scares the hell out of me but success is the only option. This is what drives me to get up everyday and work my ass off because it’s worth it. Night with no sleep, and long days of hard work. I’ve come a long way from the kid in the picture above being distracted with blank paper in front of me. The stress of leaving stuff to the very last minute that I constantly put myself through over my life has allowed me to stay calm, focus when I need to in even the most down to the wire stressful situations. Even if I fail, life will go on, I’ll get up the following day prepared to challenge myself and risk failure… Failure has become my distant pen pall, it’s nice to touch base every once and a while and catch up, but he’s a part of my childhood and I’ve moved on. He’s helped shape me into the successful person I am today and will be tomorrow and implanted my passion for success, after all she’s much cuter