Discovering yourself and what you are passionate about is essential for your success.
Collage By Andreya K
Throughout my seventeen years on this earth, I have come to the conclusion that the greatest feeling of pleasure originates from hard work. I am not just saying this because a large part of my audience consists of my family, nor do I claim to always work hard and be the ever so studious person I should be. I do not even go as far as to claim that my hard work always brings about success — whether that success be a desirable grade, an award, or approval. Instead, I can confidently say that after a very long day, coming home knowing that I consistently did my best makes me feel like superwoman.
The Feeling of Achievement
Sporting my backpack as a cape, I imagine it waves high on my shoulders, as I carry home an enormous amount of notebooks, protein bars, and pens. Arriving from school with hours of hard work under my belt, several works of writing in progress, and a stable personal life makes me feel, well, like superwoman. It’s a feeling that directly correlates to hours of my hard work and can not be associated with anything else. It is then that I know that no boy, compliment, or dress will ever succeed in making me feel like the way my achievements do. Truly a rush like no other, the knowledge of my own abilities is showcased through my hard work, and in this discovery, a feeling of pure joy engulfs me.
Getting the ball rolling
I am currently in the middle of my junior year of high school, and throughout the duration of this time I have made the connection that the hard work I put into my studies transfers into every other aspect of my life. Once I spend outrageous amounts of time studying, every little thing I do afterwards naturally exhibits the same amount of effort. Working hard motivates me to carry on this mindset, and through this rinse and repeat strategy I am able to make it into a lifestyle. This mental process can simply be seen as the spiritual embodiment of Isaac Newton’s first law: “An object in motion tends to stays in motion.” By consistently working hard in school I am able to get the ball rolling and uphold this new standard of hard work in all aspects of my life.
Growing up I knew that I was expected to work no less than the hardest I could. I must give all thanks to my heroine of a mom who, in between working herself to her limits, always takes the time to be there for her three children. I come from a long line of superwomen. With a grandma whom after the holocaust went straight into the military to seam uniforms for the military and a family filled with powerful women who are as determined as they are passionate, I know that I must not allow my work ethic to diminish whenever I face adversity. As a woman going into the workforce, I know I will have to work twice as hard to get the opportunities men do. As the wage gap holds steady at women earning 79 cents to every man’s dollar and as obstacles against working women are constantly accumulating, it is clear that in order for women to succeed, we must become superwomen. And we shall.
There is no doubt that in order to be successful, one must be indefatigable while working. The formula to making this equation enjoyable is to find something you are passionate about. Time has proven to me over and over again that I will simply not be committed to working hard if I am not passionate about what I am doing. Discovering yourself and what you are passionate about is essential for your success. That is why it is so important to follow your passions blindly; if you are going to commit to working hard why not work for what you love? Superheros come home with a smile on their face because the amount of effort they put into crime fighting and saving the world is commensurate to the amount of passion they have for keeping the planet free of evil. Therefore, I beg to consider the notion that if you are going to spend time and effort on something, why not make it something you will be proud of?