This I Believe

Tyler - Lakewood, Colorado
Entered on March 7, 2007
Age Group: 30 - 50
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I Believe Attitude Is Everything

I believe that everyone’s attitude reflects on who he or she is, or what they do, and how they act. I don’t believe that we can’t do what we want, but their attitude towards what their doing reflects on how something will turn out. If you look at people that are highly successful their attitude towards life is they can do whatever they would like to do. On the other hand, if you look at people who are stuck in a job they hate, or don’t have a job, they usually have a non-motivated attitude towards life. This is what my attitude was, and this is what made me realize I needed to change.

On a personal note, I know that when I was in grade school, my attitude towards everything was to make my parents happy, as a result my grades were high, and I was involved in sports. However, in tenth grade I was suddenly trying to be cool and really didn’t care about how good my grades were. I remember taking the ACT’s, and on more than half of the test, I went through, and didn’t even read the questions, and filled in the answers. My attitude was that I wasn’t going to college, so why should I try?

I graduated, and since I already had a job, I had nothing but, money to spend on anything I wanted. My attitude was to save my money and party as much as possible. Everything was smooth sailing, since I lived with my parents, I bought a new car, and since there was no rent to be paid, I could coast through life. After being at home for so long, I started to see that I wanted more from my life than settling for what came my way and living with my parents until I was forty. My attitude towards life changed very fast, so I applied for Northeastern Junior College in order to make something out of my life.

My inspiration came from Kenny and Paul who live down the street from me. However they still live with there mom which brought me to the realization if I wanted a better life, I had to change my attitude towards life. The only time I’ve seen them somewhere else besides with their mom they were either in a half way house or in jail, and then there right back at home with mom. This made me think do I want to be someone who lives off what they know will always be there the support of there parents. So this was a huge attitude change, I realized I want to have a family, my own house, to sum it up live the American dream.

Thus now I’m back in school, and I’ve never enjoyed it as much as I do now. Of course, I still love to party and hang out with my friends, but I have other business to take care of first. I realized also that being a student does not mean I can’t have fun, but I need to control myself and keep my eyes, on my goals. Obviously being out of high school for a year really opened my eyes, and I wouldn’t change anything, because my attitude is set on a goal, and no one can ever change my attitude on being successful.