Defining Success?

I have recently been reflecting on my career path, and realized I haven’t really had one.  What I did have was a general idea of what I wanted to do, and the tenacity to pursue it even when things didn’t work out. What I also reflected on was how little people talk about it; they always just tell you to graduate from high school and go on to college and land a good job. This sounds great and it seems pretty straight forward and even linear, but I did not take the linear route. I took the route on the right, or I should say I am still taking the route on the right. To be honest, I prefer the route on the right, as I feel that having setbacks and finding a round about way to your goals is a necessity. What I mean is that taking a linear path is simple and if all things work out it would be the ideal path to take, but in my experience things rarely work out the way you planned them. I have failed at many different times in my life, and there were times I was devastated! I finished my freshmen year of high school with a 1.67 GPA, and it didn’t matter to me.  It wasn’t that I couldn’t do the work, but I simply didn’t care. I had some wonderful people come into my life when I felt hopeless, and they told me just to do what I could and leave the rest up to God. Even if you’re not spiritual that still has a profound meaning, that you can only control what you do and you have to accept the things you don’t control. Long story short, I became motivated once again and I graduated high school with a 3.56 GPA. I had a full-ride scholarship to Colorado State University, and my life has never been the same. One of the best things that ever happened in my life came about because of one of the worst moments in my life. I want to pass that message along to anyone who has ever struggled and had all their plans fall apart or lead them in a new direction. I want to tell them that any linear measure of success is not realistic, and that whatever path they choose is the correct one as long as they follow through with their decision.

Thanks!

Edgar Escobedo
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