This I Believe

rory - Boulder, Colorado
Entered on December 6, 2007
Age Group: Under 18
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This I Believe

My parents have always told my brother and me that we can be what ever we want to be as long as we put forth the effort that you need to successfully reach this goal. This is something not only I but my brother agrees with very strongly. I believe that if someone wants to be something and make something of them, then they have the right to and will be able to if they just believe they can. I think my parents show us that we can be what ever we want by just doing what they do.

My dad doesn’t have a fancy job, but he has a job that he really likes doing. He’s told me before that if he didn’t like it he wouldn’t be doing it. This is also ties in with my belief. I think that if you don’t like the job or something that your doing, put in the effort to find something and do something that you really enjoy.

My mom is a teacher at the University of Colorado. She’s been teaching there for many years and developed a program that she started herself. She believed that she could find more woman engineers and she did. Before she started the program, only 14 percent of engineering students were woman. Now, the percentage has drastically changed and now about 45 percent of students are woman. I really look up to my mom for not only telling me a belief but showing me how it can work.

Going for something is important to my family and me. I think that we all show each other how to go and find something that we want. But with beliefs, comes reality. I think that people shouldn’t aim their goals to the highest thing there is. There is failure in goals but that is just part of life. We have to learn from these failures and mistakes and put them into the goal that we want so we don’t let ourselves down to much if we do end up failing and taking a step back. I believe that taking a step back isn’t as hard as taking a step forward. But when we take this step forward, we are one step closer to our goal that we want to achieve.