Effort is your best route to success.
Sometimes it is easy to think that your desires and dreams should simply be handed to you. I'll even admit, at one point in my life, I believed this too! However, I've learned that true satisfaction doesn't work that way.
Once I realized my purpose and my career path, I literally waited for something to happen. I had this mindset that the right people and job opportunities would fall at my feet if I was patient enough. As a result, I sat around complaining about why I was still in the same place I had began. I was clearly missing the greatest aspect of success; hard work.
My sophomore year in high school I joined the marching band. Being new to the skill, I had no expectations of it. When we started learning how to march I quickly realized how challenging it was. My band director taught us that "It's the hard that makes it good!" In order to be an awesome marching band, we had to work our way through the difficult things and apply our all when times were easy. Now in my senior year of marching band, I make sure I give my best at all times.
Being your best does not mean that you are better than someone else. You may be more skilled in a particular area, but you shouldn't have a boastful attitude about it. We should encourage others to be their best too! Giving your all and staying dedicated to your assignment and dreams can only result in success.
This past week, I had an audition. I was given a week to prepare for my audition and memorize my monologue. Within that time, I studied my monologue and placed it in my heart. Once it was memorized, I recited it in the mirror working on my facial expressions, changes in emotion, and movement. I made an effort to perform to the best of my ability and I did. When it was time for my audition, I stood in front of everyone and began my monologue. Near the end I started to forget. However, my hard work paid off. All of the practice time I put in improved my skill and I was able to act my way out of the problem. I used improv, on the spot acting, and closed with my last lines. The energy I placed into preparing for my audition not only enhanced my acting skill, it also resulted in a callback. The greatest achievement of the whole experience was seeing my name on the cast list.
Ladies and gentlemen, success is a process that needs effort in order to be obtained. This process isn't always going to be easy, nor will it go exactly as you've planned. However, if you give it your all, you will win in the end. In interviews, most successful people will say that they earned their position by working hard. It's the truth! If their is someone out there who has their goals served to them on a platter, they will not experience the pure fulfillment. So do your best in everything, be patient, stay grateful, and succeed!
Sending out positive vibes, I hope you've had a great Labor Day weekend. I also wish a successful productive life ahead of you! Stay beautiful and blessed Kings and Queens!
By Kaci Hollingsworth