Name: Donnell Hicks
Title: To Dream is to Believe
When we were children, we had aspirations to be something – be it a football player, an actress or actor, a doctor, a writer, or a lawyer. Back in elementary school, our teachers and parents instructed us to write down our goals on a piece of paper; and the only way to accomplish those dreams was to work hard in school since education is the key to unlocking the future.
Hard work pays off at the end. Each individual person must make his or her own way in life by living out their own goals. In my opinion, there is no such thing as someone living another person dream or clinging onto another person dream for the sake of it. Like the old saying goes, “no one will give you anything in the world; you must go out and get your own piece of the American dream.”
For example, let’s take a look at two music moguls named Sean Combs and Jay-Z who are from the streets of New York. They had worked their way up in the hip-hop industry each day and each night to claim what is their stake, their legacy. Both men showed beating the million to one odd is true just by achieving your dreams when everybody else has written you off completely. So did the late Michael Jackson and the late pop diva Whitney Houston. A person has to be dedicated and determined and the person must have the vision to turn it into reality. As stated before, it is up to every individual to accomplish his/her goal.
On the other hand, most people don’t have any aspirations they put forth in their lives, for the apparent reason he/she believes everything will be given to them on a silver platter. Particularly, he/she becomes envious towards another person who is following his/her goals. Success as well as the willingness to take your goals to the next level lies within a person; inner strength to achieve high standards and to not settle for less or live with another person’s imagination are also key.
When I was in the third grade, I wrote a story in which I won “Writer of the Month.” I knew from that day forth I was destined to become a writer in my lifetime. As the years progressed, my passion to be a writer grew. I elevated my skills by reading books written by other authors who came before me and writing short stories. By the time I was old enough, I recognized my dreams and my accomplishments. Yet, nobody gave me a chance, besides my mother; everyone like family members took me as a joke. I wasn’t given a pathway to success or any support. In the process, I lost so many friends and some family members due to the fact that I kept my eyes on the shining prize ahead of me.
I received less praise, and more jealousy and hate from every direction I turned but I did not crumble. My point is this - don’t allow the sense of discouragement from the haters and naysayers’ stop you from reaching or discovering your dreams. For whatever it is you have discovered, keep pushing and reaching because at the end of the day it is you alone against the world.