For the most part, I believed her, and I still do.
I do know there are limitations; we all have areas of weakness, and talent does come into play in a lot of instances, but all in all, there are a lot of things in life you can achieve if you simply decide to make it happen.
"The best way to achieve a goal is to devote 100% of your time and energy to it. Now when I decided I was going to be a physicist, I didn't take some other job in case it didn't work out...which wasn't easy because there was a lot of pressure from Miss Pearson for me to be chalk monitor that year."This episode really hit home for me, because I realised that when I put my mind to something, that's exactly what I do, I dedicate all my efforts to achieving that goal. In the past, although I have achieved career and education goals, a lot of my goals have been money-oriented:
- When I was 13, I earned money helping my parents paint apartments so that I could fund a trip from Alberta back to Ontario to visit my older brother, my auntie and my old neighbourhood.
- I used my part-time earnings to fund 50% of my senior-year school trip to Russia.
- When I met Will, and he had to leave Canada after his visa ran out, I worked two jobs to pay off some student loans and earn the airfare so that I could join him in New Zealand.
- Will and I both worked two jobs each in Australia, saving up for our trip around Southeast Asia and then on to London.
- After the money ran out and once again we were parted by visa limitations, I stayed on my own in London and saved up the airfare back to Australia to join Will.
There is an important point that I haven't mentioned. The key to making something happen is that you have to REALLY REALLY want it. It won't work otherwise; your motivation for achieving your goal has to be all-consuming. I've been focussed on this goal for four months now and I don't feel the motivation waning at all, so I must really really want this.
Do you have something that you really want to achieve right now?