By Magdalena Guillen
I was recently asked this question, and to be honest, I was a little stumped, and when I thought I had the answer, I retrieved the thought because I didn’t think it was the right answer.
First of all, I’m not a billionaire, I don’t have my dream job (yet) and I am your stereotypical broke college graduate with thousands of dollars in debt. BUT, so far in my 23 years of existence, I’ve done some really cool things, those of which I’m forever grateful for.
In answering, I took a selfish route, and said it was because of my drive, positive attitude and my passion to pursue my dreams. While it seems narcissistic of me to say that, it is true. I believe in myself. I believe that without the drive, positive attitude and passion, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Although I haven’t achieved my ultimate success, I know I have achieved some (i.e. the first of my family to graduate from college).
But then I caught myself coming across the word opportunity. I am fortunate, lucky, and thankful that many people have given me the opportunity to excel.
But wait, people giving me the opportunity to excel…
And then the question was shot right back to the person that had asked me the initial question, with another answer I was leaning toward.
He responded, “People.”
And he is right.
It was because of the right people (those who helped him to where he is today) and those who never left his side (but pushed him and motivated him), was the reason why he is where he is today.
And I reflected.
My success is also due to the people who believe in me. Whether they provide me with moral support, advice, or the actual opportunities, a major reason why I’m successful is because of friends, mentors, professors, colleagues, and family.
So that is another answer. People. The people behind us. The people or person that believes in us, and sometimes, believes in us more than we believe ourselves.
And let me not forget another answer. Hard work. It’s true, hard work does pay off. And while I’m still waiting for my big break (ahem, I’m looking at you media outlets), my efforts so far, have been extremely rewarding.
So there you have three reasons why I’m successful, and I believe that these three principles can be applied to you too. Drive, attitude, and passion is everything. People are essential. And last but certainly not least, hard work is the foundation to success.