So you finish high school…all those years of school leading up to being free from homework and going to class. What do you do after that? Well when I finished high school and actually graduated with the help of Mr. Reed even though I had missed so many days of school, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I was into muscle cars so I naturally wanted to work on them and I had some mustangs that I would dream of building into show winners so I decided to enroll into UTI which is a technical school that taught automotive mechanics. I wanted to go and work for Ford and be a part of their Special Vehicle Team and work on the Mustang Cobra, Ford Lightning, and other concepts. I was ready to go after it even though I had some doubts about it and something inside telling me that I wanted to do something else in life. Then one day as I was on my way out of the house, my dad asked me what I was going to do since I had graduated so I told him my plan on going to UTI. He asked me if that was what I really wanted to do and that if I had thought about going to college. He then told me that if he had the money to send me to college that he would do it, but he couldn’t afford to send me and that he wanted me to work inside and not have to do manuel labor and back breaking work like he did and has done for over 30 years. The conversation we had changed my opinion on going to UTI and I told myself that I was going to go to college no matter what. I remember going up to the college admissions and asking what I needed to do to enroll since I had never taken the ACT or SAT or any test that could be used to determine my acceptance into any college or university. So I took a college entrance test and enrolled into school then came the part I was dreading, how to pay for it. My family didn’t have the money to pay for it and neither did I so I was told about the installment plan and the first amount that needed to be paid upfront was exactly what I had in my account. I took that as a sign from above that I was suppose to go to college. About that time is when I stopped listening to the voices inside my head that would remind me that I was not good enough and that I would probably fail school and prove my critics right. I would tell myself “how can they tell me what I am capable of doing if they aren’t me?”, that is when this need for success came out and from that moment I told myself that I would never let anyone tell me what I am capable of doing and that if there was a challenge that I would take it on no matter what. I separated myself from everyone so that I did not have distractions and would remind myself each morning of who I was going to become and that the only person in the way was myself so if I stay out of my way, I will achieve my dreams. I told myself that I would be a millionaire by the age of 30 and set goals, as a matter of fact, I would and still do create goals for everything I do. I lived by my personal motto of “failure is my biggest success” because I understood that what makes successful people is how they take failures and the ability to not give up when you meet failure. I always have a plan and learned through the years that if you fail to plan then you plan to fail. To this day, I stay focused on my dreams of helping others in any way I can especially trying to help people realize that no matter what you have been through in the past or what you are facing now, that it doesn’t matter, what matters is what you do from this point on. Negativity will always be there and hold you down, you will hear it from others and you will hear it from yourself which is the voice that can make the difference between failing and succeeding. The one thing I can share that I learned from all the adversity and negativity that I came across from my childhood, is that you must believe in yourself and understand that if you can believe in your dream then you can achieve it. Remember that it will not be easy to get there and anything worth having is worth working hard for. Change your mindset today!