Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Be Prepared to Dust Yourself Off

When we talk to young people about life, we have to speak to the moment we live in. The world today has a strong focus and emphasize on enthusiasm, energy and having high hopes.

We have to support these mindsets. We have to speak to the need to be passionate and to have dreams. At the same time, we need to prepare our youth for the reality of life.

Success does not just fall into our laps. It takes a consistency of effort. It takes hard work, determination and resolve.

The path to success is extraordinarily long. We have to wake up each and every day, roll up our sleeves and go to work. There will set backs. There will disappointments.

There will be times when we think the world is against us. There will be times when we question ourselves. When we question our capabilities and our resolve.

The more young people are prepared to face life’s setbacks, the better they will weather them.

To highlight this point, I am sharing something that one of my connections at Linked In posted.

At age 23, Tina Fey was working at a YMCA.
At age 23, Oprah was fired from her first reporting job.
At age 24, Stephen King was working as a janitor and living in a trailer.
At age 27, Vincent Van Gogh failed as a missionary and decided to go to art school.
At age 28, J.K. Rowling was a suicidal single parent living on welfare.
At age 30, Harrison Ford was a carpenter.
At age 37, Ang Lee was a stay-at-home-dad working odd jobs.
Julia Child released her first cookbook at age 39, and got her own cooking show at age 51.
Vera Wang failed to make the Olympic figure skating team, didn’t get the Editor-in-Chief position at Vogue, and designed her first dress at age 40.
Stan Lee didn’t release his first big comic book until he was 40.
Alan Rickman gave up his graphic design career and landed his first movie role at age 42.
Samuel L. Jackson didn’t get his first major movie role until he was 46.
Morgan Freeman landed his first major movie role at age 52.

Whatever your dream is, it is not too late to achieve it.
Never tell yourself you’re too old to make it.
Never tell yourself you missed your chance.
Never tell yourself that you aren’t good enough.
You can do it.
Whatever it is.
J.P. Skowron, Executive Recruiter at CyberCoder

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