Article by Wendy McCance
Over the years I have read endless stories about people who were faced with tremendous amounts of obstacles, and yet, somehow they were able to beat out these obstacles and make their dreams come true. The amount of strength and courage it took for some of these people to get where they wanted in life was always extraordinary. The best example I can think of is from a movie I saw called, The Pursuit of Happyness.
The movie if you haven’t seen it is about a man and his son who are extremely poor. Homeless shelters and rummaging for food are a daily part of their life. The man in the movie has dreams of working for a stock brokerage firm. Just finding clothes for an interview is a challenge. The movie is a true story and seeing the struggle and this man’s determination to make his dream a reality is not only inspiring, but downright mind-boggling.
What is it that some people possess that gives them the guts and persistence to go after and then achieve what most people would feel is a hopeless venture? How far is the average person willing to stick out their neck before they feel that their dream is so far from their grasp that it is not achievable? What happens when you feel like you are on a sinking ship and your whole family is drowning with you?
I am in a position where I know that with an amazing amount of persistence and determination I will be able to succeed in my real estate career as well as my writing career. I can see the finish line and I know it is possible. My struggle is that while I am pushing myself towards my dreams, I feel like my family is paying the price. Money is tight and my time with them is limited. It is beginning to feel like a selfish pursuit.
I am lucky in that my family is amazingly supportive and have trust in my abilities. I still can’t help feeling as though I have made grand promises of a future that will never appear. I have never been in a situation where I pushed so hard for what seemed so far out of my reach. I especially have never attempted anything that didn’t put my family before me. I feel guilty and self-involved. I do know that this is my best bet on a solid future. Jobs are scarce and don’t pay much. My health limits what type of jobs I can do. When I was presented with an opportunity to make a solid income, do something I love and be able to work well with the health problems I deal with, it is what motivates me to keep going.
In the movie, the man has to juggle a son and a career all while having no home, babysitter or money. The man somehow takes care of his child, is able to find a way to get across town each day, find something to wear and make a success of himself. It really is a brilliant movie about the power of determination and the push through sheer fear.
So the question is, have you had an experience where you pushed your boundaries further than you thought was possible? What did you go after and succeed at against all odds? I hope your comments will inspire others to challenge themselves and go after what is important to them.
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