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"It is not the CRITIC who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again..who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, IF HE FAILS, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

 

----   Theodore Roosevelt

 

 

I left work early today to spend time with my daughter and I'm so glad that I did.

Remember those times and conversations we have had with friends about how hard it is to grow up? Well, there are so many things we don't remember about being 8 years old and thanks heavens we don't. My heart melts hearing about those things that our children conquer and their dissapointments too. I remember when I was 8 and it was anything but glamorous; really tough stuff. Which brings me to the follow your path title.

 

It is easy to say to someone that we love, follow your path; it is harder to tell ourselves that we have what it takes to make things happen. It is hard because we are so worried about all the things that can go wrong. 

 

I'm determined to follow my path, just like I told my darling daughter today, there will be times when you have to stand alone to stand up for something and achieve your goals.  It also means that it may be impossible to choose sides. We are surrounded by well intentioned people; people that want us to succeed and others that say so to be polite. That is ok too. 

 

Being successful is more than money; it is an attitude that needs as much determination as talent. I think that being an immigrant has given me the fortitude to go after my dreams but I do recognize that I'm not alone. I'm a little slower on the follow your dreams and you will achieve greatness model. I know that it is not that easy but if you start small, you can do it. 

 

I believe, and teach my daughter, that everything you want to achieve is within your grasp. It will take more work than any of us can imagine but there is no other way to be.

 

Every time I achieve something, I move on to next. I view life as a set of floating icebergs; as I jump on one and become comfortable enough, I have a desire to jump on the next on and float on. Some icebergs take longer to get off than others, say 11 years or so. In the end, it is about the simple things as much as the complex ones. We will learn so much about the world around us if we just jump with determination and research to fulfill our expectations. 

 

Have a great week!

 

M.