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You are a high school student and for some reason you’re not inspired to do your best work. In fact, the only reason you even work as hard as you do may be due to a fear of punishment from authority figures. You’ve noticed other students that seem to be really focused but you don’t know how they do it. You have interests but nothing that keeps your attention for long or relates to a path were you will enjoy a great personal achievement one day. You may have talked with teachers, counselors, other students and parents about your future but nothing seems to click. What do you do? Where do you go to find your path? How do you find a path? Is there even a path for everyone? You may wonder, why can’t you just pick something and it inspire you so that you enjoy learning? Why do some seem to have it so easy?
Over half the students I have worked with were sitting high school just “floating” along until something, anything catches their attention. Many take the default path and pick college or the military thinking this “experience” will solve their dilemma. This isn’t because they are bad kids, stupid, can’t do the work, or don’t care. These high school students want to be inspired to do great things and have a successful life. Many of these “floaters” are a bit jealous of the student that knows the path they want to take and are inspired to attack that goal daily.
I too was a “floater.” With grades and SAT scores in hand I would sit and watch the students that knew what they wanted to do and pick those paths with confidence. I knew early that a job wasn’t going to be the ultimate living strategy unless I was able to use all of my talents and do great things. I had great teachers and coaches in high school who constantly challenged me, problem was that I knew they would be gone the moment I moved my tassel from left to right. What the hell was I going to do with my life? As a person who has sat through two additional graduations asking “what am I going to do now?” I can honestly tell you is isn’t a great feeling. Once I finally jumped from the “job” ship and really worked to forge my own path I learned a real smack in the face lesson, I had wasted time. What did I waste time doing? I wasted time not developing the skills that would transfer to any path of success I chose. Once I jumped the “job” ship I had to learn a whole new set of personal characteristics and skills in order to achieve my dreams.
In Learning Curve: How to Prepare for Success When You Don’t Know Where Your Life is Going, I share a list of 10 characteristics each student can develop, so that when they find their “path” these skills will be a part of their character and the transition toward success will be easier, faster and more rewarding. Over time, these characteristics will become stronger as they are practiced with intent to find the path that is right for you. Your “WHY” should be based on the life you desire.
By waiting until you know exactly what you want to do to develop these characteristics you waste valuable resources, such as time and money, and may not be able to make up the ground when you finally are inspired. This results in missing valuable opportunities and adding unwanted confusion and frustration to life. Developing the right personal characteristics, you will have a greater chance of grabbing that opportunity that is very important to you when it arrives.
If your “WHY” in life is to be happy, achieve personal defined success, and wake up many days knowing you are making a difference in this world then you should read this book. As you complete the chapter, work to answer the follow up questions at the end. If you need additional resources visit http://www.beingofvalue.com and search the category that relates to your particular question.
You may not have a where, but by developing these characteristics and applying them to the actions present in your life now, your path will start to open up and you will find the “WHAT.”
After many years of searching I know my path and can define it.
My name is Pierce Brunson and my focus in life is to make the high school experience more valuable, rewarding, and memorable for students and teachers through quality product and service development.
I wish you all the support and success possible as you continue on your desired path toward the life you know is best for you.