Journey to being an Achiever
As a kid I had one goal that dictated my every action and decision…to go to college. Why? Because it was a means to get me out of my current reality and into the life I dreamed of.
Childhood for me was not an easy walk in the park. I grew up in circumstances that are not picture perfect yet, like many children, I adapted to the harsh realities of living in the ghetto. I was continually presented with contradictory lifestyles. On one hand there were TV shows like the Cosby Show and 7th Heaven which portrayed the picturesque family where both parents lived in the home with their children. Then there was my life. I grew up in a single parent home where I recall finding out hard truths about the people who were most influential in my life. Most of which shook me to my core, yet formed my moral standards and birthed a determination in me to live better…in essence, it gave me a desire to be an AchieVer.
I learned many principles along the way including the art of using my imagination. As I dreamed of the picture perfect life, I found my imagination became a shelter, protecting me from my surroundings. I was innocent in many ways, yet made to mature quickly in many others. Reality painted pictures of people using drugs, sex and other means to escape life. Not to mention acts of violence, rape and other crimes. Yet, I had a way of escape as well – I had vision, which allowed me to see past my circumstances and hope for a brighter future.
Don’t get me wrong, overall my childhood was pretty happy. I learned to adapt to ever-changing circumstances and succeeded in most everything I put my hand on. I learned about gifting and talents I had and was “adopted” by many great people who taught me fundamentals and helped mold my belief system.
Most important, I had two loving parents and siblings who became a life line for me. Regardless of their own shortcomings, each managed to ingrain great foundational principles in me. Like 1: How to love people unconditionally. 2: How to forgive those who do you wrong, even when they don’t deserve it. 3: How to take care of your brothers and sisters and look out for each other. 4: Just because you grow up in the hood, doesn’t mean you have to act like it.
The last key groomed me into becoming an Achiever. It taught me that no matter what circumstances you grow up in and around, you ultimately have to choose whether to become a product of your environment or to become a game changer. I will admit, the latter will cause you to stand out and is not the easier road to travel, but isn’t that what makes an AchieVer, an AchieVer?
AchieVer defined: (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/achiever)
1. To perform or carry out with success; accomplish.
2. To attain with effort or despite difficulty.