"...success in life does not come easy. It is fraught with pitfalls, obstacles, failure, and mistakes. Success requires persistence, mental toughness and emotional toughness in overcoming these pitfalls. Its pursuit pushes you to the edge emotionally and physically. You must grow a thick skin and become accustomed to struggle if you hope to succeed.
"Individuals who struggle academically may be more accustomed to dealing with struggle and making it a daily habit to overcome pitfalls."
When I read this today, it struck me as being what I am reflecting on as the New year 2018 is fast approaching. As I take inventory of this year past successes and ask myself what I can do in 2018 to add to these my successes.
The above quote I relate to so very much because I never ever was one of those described "A" students, and based on my own personal experiences I've gained some very valuable first hand knowledge about what success requires and have developed that mentioned thick skin and very accustomed to struggle over my 64 years.
When I attended school in my rather provincial little town, no one had to officially tell me to face that my academic life was lacking and wasn't up to snuff. It was imposed upon students who's classes into separate rankings, labeled the "A, B, and F" class. Needless to say I was in the F class.
Having had it up to my eyeballs with mainstream high school, and in desperation to escape this negative environment were an English teacher announced to her grade nine students she was to teach grammar and English Literature and that she emphatically expressed that she hated English Literature.
And so I did escape to what was then called Vocational School. I decided I was determined to get myself to art school one way our another because I knew this is what I loved. I determined this was the only way for me to get myself there. In the late sixties, early 70s vocational school was commonly referred to as "The School For Dummies. In other words those students who were not academically successful, and certainly not University bound.
Success sure is a very relative term and often described within the context and confines of how much money you make. This has never been my definition of the word and money was never the motivating factor in attending University and College for a number if years. I knew I was no dummy but was certainly not in the mainstream wanting to pursue art and creativity in a very non-creative educational system in desperate need of a paradigm shift that proactively enables creativity.
I simply have continued to pursue what I've always been passionately interested and I have absolutely no regrets in doing so. I love learning and am a life long learner. This is how I mostly define success which should inspire and motivate.