Advice to Students as they move past school

Moving to the next level of anything can be tricky and when you're motivated and driven...there will be moments when you ask around for some advice.

During these transitions, you will find that advice about your future falls into one of two camps: Don't follow your dreams, i.e., get a job that pays...while the other camp endorses the idea that following your dreams and passions is the way to move forward.

I'm one of those that believe that your dreams build the foundation of happiness and success. If following your dream is the key, then it makes sense that you should spend your time doing something that fascinates you...inspires you. I'm not saying that it's the easy way because there is a catch...you have to be willing to do the hard things that are related to your passion...sometimes with little recognition or compensation. Following your dreams will actually be harder in the short-run.

Coach Ball Quote about advice for young people


Find out what really excites you and become a practitioner of your work. If you want to be a writer for example...then you need to write every day. A singer...you need to sing. An Athlete, a Doctor, an Astronaut...you get the point. You have to do the work.

We often leave out one of the most essential parts of pursuing a high goal...that forgotten part is RIGOR. When you've identified a thing that you care about, you don't just dream on it, hope on it or pray on it, you have to take actionable steps each day that will bring you closer to achieving that goal.

Figure out what the really hard steps are to achieving your goal is...and then do those really hard steps. When you've chosen to strive higher you will be constantly under pressure to spend your time doing different things...following your dream will force you to say NO a lot more than the others around you. If you are pursuing something big or crazy...you have to say NO to so many opportunities...like going out at night...meeting new people, to having fun. In some cases, you may even be forced to say NO to more money if it causes a conflict with your goals.

In the end...all of this hard work and sacrifice is worth it because ultimately you will be able to do all those things that you thought you wanted to do by creating a life for yourself filled with total engagement and joy. You want to set everything up in a way where each morning when you wake up...you are confident, appreciative and happy to face each new day.

Good Luck!

Comments

  1. A long term goal I have is to make it into a good college. To reach this goal, I study a little bit every day to learn more.

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  2. One of my long term goals is to go to college. To achieve this, I put a lot of focus on my schoolwork. Not only that, I am conscious of extracurricular activities. I need to balance both of these things to achieve my goal.

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  3. A long term goal of mine is to become a professional baseball player. To reach this goal, I practice hitting, fielding, and pitching every day.

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  4. The long term goal that I have is to join the field of biological engineering. To move myself closer to this goal, I find a lot of stuff online relating to the subject that give me information on what works in the field, such as IBM recently making a robotic worm controlled by a real worm's "brain." Youtube is a really good source for finding the general information, but then delving deeper using other sources. I do this most every day, looking at multiple per time, learning more each time.

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  5. I love how bright the person in this blog is he's truthful about how life really works and how we can make it to are goals by starting low to working up to that goal.

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  6. My goal is to get at least a B in all my classes and what I am trying to do to get to that goal is work hard and get ahead in my classes. I am trying to do this because it will increase the chance that I won't fail any my classes and it can help me gain more knowledge. Also, this is my goal because it increases the chance for a better life than what a normal person that doesn't go to college would get.

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  7. A life goal of mine is to compete in a state championship. I would not care if this state championship was in track, basketball, or football. As long as I get to compete in one. To achieve this goal I will need to dedicate a lot of time and energy towards sports and training. However, I can do things every day to get closer to this goal as well. For example, I can work out or go on a run, but if I can't do this I can watch videos on how to get faster and stronger. In summary, by starting now and doing something little everyday my big goal to compete in a state championship may become a reality.

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  8. My long term goal is to rid my life of procrastination. To achieve this goal, I limit myself from thing things in my life that distract me.

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  9. I want to strive for being an NFL player. Achieving this will take a lot of effort and work. Instead of choosing to go places and eat badly, I would have to train and keep working on the skills I need. I would have to use my time for football and no distractions. Every day I would have to invest my time into it.

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  10. My most wanted long term goal is to get a full ride scholarship to college through academics and or wrestling. Things I do everyday to move myself closer to this goal is working as hard as I can everyday. Starting by waking up early to go to weight lifting Tuesdays and Thursdays, followed by going to school and getting all my work done as soon as it is assigned, then finally going to wrestling practice for two and a half hours to better me for tournaments on the weekends.

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  11. I want to become a actress,dancer,or model. To get any of these I need to be in shape so I work out every day.

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  12. I want to learn how to be a plumber for my future job. To achieve this, I go with my dad on some jobs to watch, and learn, weightlift to carry heavy items for plumbing, and I help my dad carry, and split firewood. Every now, and then I rest, but if I stick with this routine, I can become the plumber I want to be later on.

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  13. One of my long-term goals is the surprisingly difficult achievement of not being constantly stressed and paranoid about a low-paying job in the future. I just want to be able to have time to focus on what I want to focus on, like making music or writing. I could try out just trying my hardest (or reasonably hard) at goals in my younger life, like school.

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  14. A long term goal that I have is to become a teacher. To acheive this goal I have to go to collage and learn everything nessacery to achive my goal of being a ELA teacher. I practice this every day by reading one or two chapters of a book, and making sure that my grade is as high as possible in ELA ; so that I know what I need to to get into a suitable collage.

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  15. I want to become a zoologist. How I am moving my self towards that goal is that I am learning everyday.

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  16. I would like to be a engeneer so I try to do math every day.

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  17. My goal is to be a professional NFL player. I practice by trying to know many of the different plays there are and that will help me with my memory. I also try to play as much football as I can before it is too late. Finally, I try to get my friends to play with me not only for my benefit but for them as well just in case they want to play football just like me.

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  18. A goal of mine is to be able to get a story of mine published. I have always found a fascination in writing and losing myself in someone else's story. I enjoy being the person to take a story from one simple word, to something that interest someone else. I love to entertain others. I will accomplish this goal by working hard on my stories, and not giving up until I have accomplished my dream and have gotten my stories published.

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  19. My goal is to become a marine biologist. To complete this goal, I will have to study sea creatures as much as I can. I will also have to learn how to use the new technology that marine biologists use today. I will have to get used to being in water, and be used to traveling. It will take a lot of work to become a marine biologist, but I believe I can do it.

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  20. My first dream is to become a Marine Biologist. To accomplish this I need to go deeper in my knowledge of marine life.

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  21. My long term goal is to become a football player But first I need to work hard in ms football and hs football. I would have to get good grades and work out and harder and harder each day. Then I will try to contact coaches every day.

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  22. A goal that I want to achieve is becoming a zookeeper. I love animals and I would really like to work somewhere full of animals. Whenever I am around animals it makes me feel happy. Working at a zoo will cause me to have to work hard and I will have to commit to the work. Me when I was about ten I thought well if I just want to become a zookeeper than I will. But as I got and will keep getting older I know that I will have to work hard. I am ready to commit to this goal and really work hard.

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  23. My goal is to be in the Air force. To complete this I am going to have to pay attention in school and get good grades instead of messing around. I will have to do homework instead of playing games at home.

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  24. my goal is to become a engineer why because my parents are engineers and i'm good at math and how would I do it by being good at school and get a degree.

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  25. My long term goal is to become a Navy Seal. The reason for this is because my brother inspired me. Every day I wake up do 50 push-ups and 30 sit-ups.I would want to make my world better and risk my life for the world then anything.

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  26. One of my goals is to be in the navy seal or military. I will wait lift more and get stronger. I will have to work more in school and pay attention in school to and study more about them.

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  27. my long term goal is to go to the school of mines to git an engineering degree so i can be an engineer.

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  28. My long term goal is to learn how to program better.I want it to be my career in life and to get scholarships in college.

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  29. My long term goal is to go to college, to reach this goal I need to study and work hard in school. Since My family and I, are not the most wealthy people in existence I will need to apply for several scholarships.

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  31. My long term goal is to become a professional dancer. I would also like to be a dance teacher after that. In order for me to accomplish my goal I have to keep dancing and hopefully make it into a competition.In order for me to become a professional dancer I am going to have to start writing down what I want to teach and start my own club so I can teach them right now so I now everything by the time I am an adult.

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  32. I often view a lot of things I am taught in school as negative because I am simply not interested in it now, or will be in my future. Other classes that I do enjoy and find interest in I love and look at very positively because of my possible future in that subject. To help look at things differently I could put into my head that even though I may not want that in my future, or want pursue a career in that, it will benefit me to have that knowledge to put towards everything I do.

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