Motivation of Character

Patrick - Chicago, Illinois
Entered on August 12, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
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A few days ago while in class my teacher asked us what we believe in. she asked, “What gets you going in the morning? What are you passionate about?” try to name one thing that you believe in.” but truthfully, really don’t know what it is that I believe in, “there is not just one thing that keeps me out of bed, I just do”. That’s what type of answer of answer I would have given you if you would have asked me just minutes ago until I just realize what it is while writing this paper. I realize that what keeps me motivated to get out of my bed every time I wake up or what keeps me going in life is not to be famous or to have a lot of money, but actually it is the reality of me failing my myself. I believe in failure, I think that if you experience that it will teach you how to become successful.

Failure, What? How is that? Many people would probably ask. “It doesn’t make sense how can failing make you be successful? Every day I see the examples of the word failure. Seeing family members giving up by joining gangs and getting in trouble with the law, seeing homeless people lacking determination in themselves. My cousin who is the same age as I, seem like he has given up on him self even though we grew up together he out on the street selling drugs. My older brother is now incarcerated in prison for having the lack of lack of determination to do something better for himself. I see his situation as a guidebook to not what to do, don’t fail on the same things as he did. I see myself struggling just to make it day by day if I fail just them. I made myself a promise to not to end up like the people I see, to push myself to my limit so when the time comes I will be able to say to myself “I made it”. Many people may think that that failure can only be look as a bad/horrible thing, but to me it’s something different. To fail and then give up is what a bad thing, when I experience failure and then do better in the next time is what I mean, I think that is the real definition of failure.