The Power of Believing

Kirby - Melrose, Massachusetts
Entered on December 9, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30

The Power of Believing

When posed with the question of what I believe I immediately think to back to a book my mother used to read to me before bed. The Little Engine that Could, written by Watty Piper is about a small engine, who by believing in herself conquered what seemed to be an insurmountable task. She repeats, “I think I can, I think I can,” as she uses all of her strength to make it to the top of a hill, slightly too steep for her to handle. As she repeats these words of encouragement to herself she finally stops and realizes that she has made it.

I believe in the power of believing in your self. This is a lesson and belief that has been instilled in me since childhood, since I was sitting there in my mother’s arms being read the words, “I think I can, I think I can”. My mother has always emphasized and demonstrated the power of ambition and believing in oneself.

My mother is a successful woman. She has made a beautiful life for herself, has a great career, and, if I may say so myself, has done an excellent job raising a family. My mother did all of these things with out a college degree, and these days that is not an easy task. For years she worked and believed in herself. Now, she is a sales representative for Philips Medical systems. She worked her way up from the bottom of the food chain. Now, like the little engine that could sitting on top of her hill, my mother too sits at the top of her accomplishments. She is ranked number one in her position out of fifty others, all with college degrees. Being without a degree did not make her less smart or less qualified for her position but because she did not have that piece of paper, it forced her to work harder. She accomplished the things that she accomplished by believing in herself and forcing others to believe in her as well.

Now I am a freshman in college and have my own goals and ideas of success. In my own life I try hard to follow in my mother’s footsteps to be: successful, hardworking, and most importantly a believer in myself. Believing in your self is not quite as easy as it sounds; which makes me admire my mother that much more. Someday I hope to accomplish all of these things in my lifetime. And I believe, that if I think I can, I will.