Why you have to sacrifice to succeed

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

It's common knowledge, at this age at least, that things very rarely get handed to you on a plate. You might be able to coast along winging it for a considerable amount of time, but there will come a point where you realise that you need to make sacrifices if you want to succeed. We're all familiar with the cliche you get out what you put in phrase, but the truth of it goes beyond the surface. Despite desperately craving being able to have it all, you can't. Unfortunately, sacrifice is introduced where ambition lies which makes the choice all the more difficult. Sometimes you have to decide what's more important and make a sacrifice to pursue something which may fuel your career in the long run. Of course we'd all love to have a thriving social life, healthy bank balance, consistent grades, bubbling friendships and solid relationships but inevitably something has to give. 

Of course it's possible to maintain a balance and fit in a little bit of everything but more often than not you'll be wishing you were somewhere else doing something different. I mean, it's rare to prefer being sat in writing an essay when you're used to being out with your friends but if you seek success, it's a life path you should get used to. Sure if you want to plod along and lead an average life with average achievements you probably can have it all, but I'm motivated by my ambitions and I'm not afraid to miss out on things in order to get what I want. I didn't particularly enjoy losing out on over a month's wages and forking out over £500 in the summer to complete placements, but they've prepared me one step more for the workplace and have given me valuable experience. I also don't particularly enjoy practising shorthand and dictating it back when Grey's Anatomy is waiting for me on Netflix, but the sense of achievement at passing the first milestone exam outweighs it all.

You see, it's all about choices. It's easy to blame external factors when you don't do as well as you hoped or expected but ultimately, you're in charge of what happens. If you fail to apply yourself and put in the effort, you've only got yourself to blame when you don't reap the benefits. Sometimes you might have a blip or stumble at a hurdle, but if you suffer a minor setback knowing you tried your best, then don't beat yourself up. Hindsight is a wonderful thing and it's a powerful tool you can use to better yourself and extend your abilities. This doesn't mean that you have to have everything figured out, but not having things figured out isn't an excuse to sit back and do nothing. Being pro-active will always benefit you, so don't blame your lack of enthusiasm on anyone else because at the end of the day the only person in control of your future is yourself.

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