On Success

What does it take to be successful? In school? In life? In your career? How does one even really define something that’s literally different for everyone?

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I am currently in the lengthy process of writing an essay for a scholarship. The essay is about my definition of success and my plans to be successful in school and my career path. Going into it, I thought it would be easy. I mean, I know my definition of success, I would consider myself a generally successful person, and I have a strict plan of action that I am using to ensure I succeed with all of my future goals.

But is that really enough? My goals for the future are so big. Bigger than anything I’ve ever dealt with in the past. If course, I’ve always been successful as a person, but all my successes so far have been on the small side. Then there’s people in my life who literally consider me to be the most successful person they know. Not gonna lie, that is a little bit of an ego booster, but it’s also a lot of pressure to keep being successful, even when I have no clue what I am really doing. If by slim chance I do fail, it would mean disappointing others.

I think what I’m scared of most, even more than disappointing others who look up to me, is disappointing myself. I am a planner, I can plan everything out and have it look foolproof, but planning is easy. Putting the plans into action though, that’s when it all becomes real. That’s when all of this research and preparation really matters and it’s what will really be the judge of how successful this part of it all really is. Knowing there’s so many unknowns excites me and challenges me, but it also scares me to death.

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