Great Things Will Come

danielle - dixon, Illinois
Entered on September 16, 2008

Great Things Will Come

My name is Danielle Murphy and I am twenty two years old. I was born in Omaha, Nebraska, but raised in a small town called Dixon, Illinois. I have a strong belief in the saying “never give up.” Giving up now, means giving up on your future.

My stepfather would always say, “Never give up” when I felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere in life. He told me stories of his life and how it had changed. He told me that he grew up in a bad neighborhood and did things that could put him in jail or get him killed. He knew that wasn’t the life he wanted so he joined the Marines. Now he is a supervisor, father, and husband.

I started working at the age of fourteen in a hole- in- the- wall restaurant. I then found a job at a nursing home part-time. I wasn’t staying focused; I was worrying too much about my social life. I was drinking, trying drugs, and hanging out with the wrong crowd. I remember one night my friend Holly and I were talking about what we wanted to do in three to five years. I wanted to go to school and work every day. I was saying I wanted to do all those things, but was I really ready to slow down on my social life?

I finally moved back Omaha, Nebraska and had to grow up. I finally got a job I was able to deal with: Wal-Mart. After being there for six months, I got promoted to department manager of ladies clothing. I just needed a job where I was able to express my abilities in a different way. I transferred back to Dixon and am currently holding the highest- paying associate position. I am also going to college for business management, so I can be my own boss. I just learned how to discipline myself and stop living in the moment and for my future.

Sometimes it just takes a lot of time to get where you want to be. So my advice to anyone is to always try, never give up, no matter how stressful it might be. Work hard now and play later.