Reaching The Finish Line


Many aspire to be great entrepreneurs as we see the spoils after the fact – the big corner office high in the sky, corporate perks, power, money, etc. What few understand is that being a great entrepreneur means having to stand completely alone with your beliefs. If you have the idea, the passion, the will, and you’re thinking about it day after day…this is the time to do it.
You are never too old or too young. This is the time to strive to overcome your fears. Where the odds are greater, the prize gets much bigger. After all the efforts you have exerted, the prize of success shall be a well-deserved one.

Seeing the realization of your dreams will be life changing. Weather one believes it or not "there’s a distinction between people who are successful and people who are not,”. See opportunities instead of obstacles is a must accepting ‘no-excuses no matter how big or small the obstacle. Get really good at getting past the excuses and saying ‘Why not me? With a no-excuses mentality you will see opportunity where you once seen obstacles.


There's always a solution mindset is all about disrupting and re-architecting your beliefs in self and your ability to make your dreams a become a reality, by ridding yourself of all of the beliefs that are compromising success.


In order to change your behavior you must first understand the power of investing in key capital: Yourself. It’s important to really take the time to invest in oneself personally. Become avid learners of your craft and continually grow and be better people in all aspects of your live. You will see that by stepping outside of your comfort zone and investing in yourself as an asset.”


It is also a challenge to build a high tolerance for risk and failure which is extremely important prior to pursuing your entrepreneurial endeavors. To conquer this fear you must learn to take calculated risk, when it paid off then take another calculated risk. Afterwards you will start to trust your judgment better and analyze what you’re doing by assessing the situation and taking a chance if it seems like a reasonable risk.


No matter what goals your trying to accomplish continuous forward motion is the path. Failure and setbacks happen all the time, but you have to be willing to ride the unpredictable waves of those setbacks without getting discouraged. Building a business or chasing a dream requires a tolerance for failure and you should understand that risk. See failure is a beginning," "If you perceive failure as an ending, there's nowhere to go”. What defines you should not be how you fall but how you rise. What’s your choice when it comes to reaching the finish line success or failure?


Why Teach?


By Charlotte Stitt Gordon 08/01/21: Throughout high school, my love for words and literature and dreams of travel to lands I had seen in "National Geographic" led me to consider writing as a possible career goal. Intrigued by foreign correspondents on TV news, I concluded that journalism was the solution to my love of writing and desire to see the exotic.


I began exploring ways to pursue journalism as a college major by visiting a career aptitude seminar at a regional college with my church teen group. I read about schools with a reputable journalism department, regardless of whether my parents could afford them or if I could pass the entrance requirements. My goals were lofty, but eventually my family insisted I be practical as well and attend one of the state universities.


The summer after high school graduation was approaching, and I needed a job to help buy clothes for college. President Johnson's War on Poverty had recently begun, and the local Head Start Program was looking for summer teacher aids among the high school Future Teachers of America club. As a habitual joiner of extra-curricular activities, I was a member. The job sounded easy and fun, and the pay seemed a gold-mine compared to the small salary I had earned as a substitute secretary at my stepfather’s insurance office.


The week of teacher training before our instructional duties began enlightened me to the unique life led by these preschoolers from the "other side of town". Sleeping sibling upon sibling in one bed and avoiding school on rainy days because of no transportation seemed strange to me, not to mention facts learned about the peculiar symptoms of sickle cell anemia common in black children then.


When the excited little folks arrived, they sang finger-play songs, played with new and brightly colored toys, learned reading and math readiness skills, and ate wholesome school lunches. All of this opened a novel and enchanting world for them.


But this did not compare to the novel and enchanting world that opened for me as well. Seeking ways to assist my assigned teacher with instruction in basic learning skills, arts and crafts projects, and children's literature, I encountered new outlets for my creativity and fantasies of magical places. I developed an instant rapport with the children, playing with them as a child myself. I took endless Polaroid pictures of dark-skinned tots, which I included in photo albums of my all-white world. I visited their homes with my mentor and witnessed the heartbreaking conditions many of them endured in ignorance of anything else.


Needless to say, my college major later changed from journalism to elementary education. Now after 40 years of teaching, I have experienced the ups and downs of educating the underprivileged, the over-privileged of the suburbs, the preppies of the private schools, and the less sophisticated of the rural areas. Not all of it has been as fulfilling and stimulating as those early days with Head Start, but it has all been worth it in order to awaken one child now and then to reaching his or her potential.


A profound quote I once read said, "It is not for school, but for life we learn." With my many years as a teacher, if I have given a bit of life to a child that was hungry for something that could not be defined, then this career choice was the right one. Yes, there were other options that could have paid more and been more glamorous. Yes, there are drawbacks to teaching that are well known. But there is no other way I could help another person develop individual abilities for life that would give me life as well.


I thrive on learning; I thrive on knowledge; I thrive on creating learning and sharing knowledge. Teaching affords me the best opportunity to do this that hopefully changes a life for today, tomorrow, and for a lifetime. Article source: