163 thoughts on “Goals

  1. When it comes to setting a goal, to me, that goal is being set for a reason, quite obviously. That goal then gets followed and then completed; this is its progress for a reason. Lastly, when it is done, so were our incentives to complete it; we aimed for its completion, again, for a reason. Whatever that reason may be, its outcome can come from many different influences and they target their respective demands upon its completion or progress. The point I’m making here is that whatever we do, we do for a reason. Therefore, any decision is crucial for determining the outcomes, and how they are made are to be based on our actions and efforts advocating towards them. The direction we choose to go in our lives is directed by how we choose to go about it; the effort we put in in to respect to the goals is where we will go. I would like to bring up a sportsmanship example: each team is a decision, to win by putting in the effort to do so, or not. In this case, the perceived victory is destined by their efforts, if they win. If they lose, they still tried because they were still aiming to win. If they didn’t try nor respect, where’s that time going ultimately? The time and effort we put in is intended for a positive purpose. That’s the power of dedication. Our future is simply something that’s destined from the actions we make now.

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    • I believe that if one really looks into the saying, “it’s the thought that counts,” they can interpret it as a motto. I believe that one’s own thoughts and thought processes really matter most in life. These thoughts and thought processes can affect your mental health as well. For example, if people were to think that they are worthless, they typically don’t apply themselves with the tools for success. When people do not apply themselves, they prove to themselves that they are worthless, as they had previously thought. The entire process is a downward spiral of sorts. However, if people were to think that they are the best at everything, they would act conceited and continuously put themselves above others. I believe that if one doesn’t think that they are capable, they simply won’t do the task and proving, in turn, that it is the thought that counts. When you think someone is a nice person you treat them kinder and perceive more of their actions in a positive way and the same is true the other way around.
      In psychology, there is a concept called “mind over matter.” If a person thinks they will do well and succeed, they tend to do so. However, if a person approaches a task believing that they will fail, they are likely to perform poorly. Furthermore, there is also the psychological concept of the placebo effect. It can be demonstrated simply through experimental drug trials. In these trials, some of the people get the actual drug, while others get a sugar pill. The key to the placebo effect is for the person partaking in the experiment is to fully believe that the desired effects of the drug will happen to them. In some of these trials, there are documented cases in which people who have taken a sugar pill have had had the desired effect of the trial happen to them, simply because they fully believed it would.
      Finally, there is the traditional way to interpret the saying. If someone were to get a gift from someone they love, they tend to like and appreciate it, even if the gift is not what they needed or wanted or even was a and item they already had. This is because, in the end, most people know that the thought that was put into selecting the gift and the thought is what truly counts. I fully believe in the saying, “it’s the thought that counts.”

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    • What I strongly believe in, is to never give up. Anywhere you go you must learn and prepare yourself so you can be ready for any obstacle that takes place in the future.
      When I started high school I faced the problems of not knowing and understanding the material that my teachers provided me with. But I soon realized that putting more concentration in my work, it gave me more of a interest. This inspired me to keep on reaching my goals.
      Many people told me that graduating would be hard for me because I did not understand some of the materials in my classes.
      Instead of being upset about these comments, it motivated me to study harder and to get good grades. My goal was then to graduate from high school and prove them wrong.
      My counselor helped and guided me to stay focused, he informed me that the harder I worked and the more I focused the better I knew I was preparing myself to never settle for less. Most importantly my counselor made me realize the importance of working hard. My family also had a large part in my achievements in high school and continues to be a source of motivation in my achievements while attending college. I am the only child in my family and the second to graduate from high school and to attend college.
      This is another thing that motivates me to continue my education through college. I want to make my parents proud of me and the way I can do this is to improve my life, by having more opportunities to get better jobs in the near future. Because of me doing such a good job, I also encourage my parents to go back to school. Education is very important for my future! You can’t achieve your goal without putting in the effort and growing from your mistakes.

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    • I have always loved to set goals for myself. I have improved vastly in my life but I still have a lot more work to do. These goals are important because they act as motivation for one to strive for greatness, in whatever aspect of life they so choose. Goals give you something to strive for so one can come out as a better person. For example, I was really shy and introverted as a child. I didn’t possess the ability to interact with other people. I will admit that his was the one thing I would change from my childhood if I could. I know that isn’t possible, so I strive to always be a better version of myself every single day. I realized my struggles and I set goals to become a more extroverted person. I would challenge myself to strike up a conversation with a random person I saw on the street just to improve my social skills. I put myself out there and met new people, something I never would have done as a child. I believe these goals I set for myself molded me into the person I am today.Right now, if u saw me in person you wouldn’t believe that I used to be that quiet. Sure, I’m a little reserved when I meet somebody new, but once I get to know them, I start to branch out and use my newfound outgoing and charismatic personality traits, the ones I developed a few years ago. One would not believe I used to be that quiet if they saw how I acted now. In conclusion, I am no stranger to setting goals for myself, because like anybody else, I am not perfect. I accept this and strive to always get better in every facet of life I desire. I hope my obsession with setting goals and improving constantly helps me out in my endeavors as an incoming student at UMass Dartmouth.

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  2. When I entered high school I never expected to find a subject that not only I fell in love with, but one that would shape who I am as a person and what I believe.
    As a sophomore on the first day of school, I entered an American Sign Language I class. Sitting in the class for only that day I had been bored, filing out some paperwork that we were okay with taking videos of ourselves and watching a history video on the language. The second day of class we learned how to sign letters and make words (we also learned cool things like if you have a double letter what to do and how to recognize what a word is even if you don’t catch every letter). The end of that week I met his mom, who was deaf, and signed my name to her. I knew that after that, the Deaf community was where I was meant to be.
    Flash-forward to the beginning of senior year and I’m working alongside my ASL teacher and two other girls to create an independent study. The four of us would talk about what more we wanted to learn, what would be helpful in certain situations, and more cultural aspects of the language. While I was taking this class I was heavily encouraged to find a way to get more involved with the Deaf community (same for the other girls), and I ended up writing to Rhode Island School for the Deaf to see if they needed any volunteers. The librarian, Chris, had only been working there for around a year and needed help changing the library to her standards of organization. So, from January to May, Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays I would leave my last period class to go help. While I was there I got to learn about the unique ways they encourage reading, like spoken English story time for the Hard of Hearing kids, and ASL story time. I got to communicate with Deaf people of all ages while I was there, and I started going on Fridays to help the Kindergarten students in the art room.
    Seeing how much the Deaf community and the want of ASL has impacted me has heavily influenced me to want to become an interpreter for the language. My goal is be doing what I love in an environment I love, while continuing to learn about the culture, and help to create an impact on others.

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  3. Throughout my life I was told “if you do not set goals, you will not accomplish anything”. As a child you aren’t expected of much, but for me my childhood was unconventional to say the least. Having not one, but two absent parents I was never taught or showed what my life would evolve to without a plan in place. Being taken into foster care, my foster parents showed me that goals were milestones and gateways to more goals and accomplishments. I was also taught that my siblings would see this, and take after me. I set a goal to thrive in school, and go onto college. I achieved that as being accepted to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. My younger sister seeing that as a long term goal of mine, is now considering to continue her education. My goals have set me on a better path, and have inspired me to do more with my life. Not only does it motivate you to complete that goal, but to continue the grow the goal and achieve more. After getting accepted to the University, it opened so many opportunities for me. I continued to think of ways to better myself and my education. Goals to me have helped me be a better person, and give me the responsibility and structure I didn’t receive as a child. As a foster kid, I have spoken on my events and recollections of my upbringing and explained how I began to thrive. Without goals I would not be in the position I am today.

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    • I similarly can relate. I became very independent on my own from an early age and with that came my own ambitions and goals I wanted to achieve. This followed me into high school where I exercised the same drive to do all in my power to set a clear path of success. Setting goals has been like a road map for me, showing me how much I have matured and how much closer I am getting to my ideal place in life.

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  4. I believe it is important for everyone to have a goal in life. It may be as simple as getting through the week or passing a class but everyone should have a sense of control in their lives. I set my expectations high and my goals even higher with a strong belief in myself that I can accomplish anything that comes my way. To me there is nothing greater than the feeling of accomplishment. I set small goals for myself such as getting through the week of a test so I can still feel the sense of accomplishment and boost my motivation for the next obstacle in my life.

    My long term life goal is to become a trauma surgeon which involves a lot of hard work and dedication. Everything I do revolves around this goal of mine including, volunteer work, my class schedule and my studying. When I feel like not studying or doing homework I remember that this is all for a purpose and one day I will be proud of myself for doing all the hard work. Having a goal helps me get through the more difficult, less fun work I have to do to reach my goal. It is important to me to one day help save a life and I just look forward to that feeling of accomplishment. I must continue to keep pushing through everyday obstacles to make my dream come true and I hope others do too.

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    • Great post! I agree that goals are very important to have. Without them, we wouldn’t bet the proactive people we are today. We wouldn’t have the desire to do something greater for ourselves or society. As well as have the perseverance to conquer a challenge in our lives. If I didn’t have any goals, I certainly wouldn’t be here. However, I have many and luckily I’m here at Umass D. to pursue some of them. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Everyone has a goal in life, even if it’s not at the moment you will have a goal that you would want to achieve sooner or later. It could be a short-term goal which can be something you want to do in the near future resulting in it being later today, this week, this month, or even this year. Basically, something you want to accomplish soon. It also can be a long-term goal which is something you want to do in the future. Basically, anything beyond one year is considered a long-term goal. But long-term goals are important for a successful career or anything in life that will make you happy. Long-term goals require planning and time.
    For me, I had a goal that would take me four years to accomplish. The task was important because my father didn’t do it. It meant a lot to me and that goal was graduating high school. My father dropped out his junior year and he regrets it, as his son it motivated me to do better and surpass that. My long-term goal is to become a computer engineer, which I know will take a lot of dedication, hard work and focus to complete. But I know it’ll pay off, I know there’s going to be a lot of assignments and requirements to get through but I’m sure I’ll get through it with the thought of my father. Just like in high school my goal kept me responsible and on the right path, I just have to do the same thing I did in High School but a little different because I’m in college now.

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  6. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” This quote by Ayn Rand inspires me to keep trying to accomplish my goals that I have in life, knowing that no one will stop me, unless its myself. I have many goals as a student and long term goals that will ensure my future success.
    My Career goals are to start and finish college and to pursue a career in Graphic Design. The type of job I want is one that requires a great amount of creativity and eye for detail. A graphic designer creates and works with a wide variety of mediums such as new papers, books, websites, sketches, advertisement, computer games, product packaging, and creates visual concepts by hand or by computer to meet the needs of the client. I choose this career path because I have always been more on the creative side and thought differently than other people. Creating my own art pieces has always been something I’ve enjoyed doing.
    My life goal is to visit all 50 states. When I was younger and till this day, my family and I traveled every year. This has inspired me into making this my life goal. I want to travel either all by myself or with a group with people. Since college is coming, it’s going to be difficult to have money to travel to all these places, so I considered achieving this goal once I’m out of college, have a job, and feel stable. I don’t want to go to one place then go back home, I would enjoy going to one place stay there and once I’m satisfied with what I have experienced, then I would jump into another state and keep moving and not return home until I have finished visiting every state. I have also made it my goal is create an art piece at every location and later on, once I’m home, I would publish them.
    A career in Graphic Design is something I would enjoy doing very much. I know no one will stop me from achieving these goals. I know I will have the help of my family to continue my path and obtain what life has to offer.

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    • Amazing piece! I believe that with your artistic abilities and the skills you will gain through your major, you will achieve your dreams. You are also very right that no one can stop you but yourself from striving to reach your goals, and I have pure confidence that you will be successful in your future endeavors! Traveling is personal favorite hobby of mine as well too, and think that creating something at every location you visit is so cool. Never stop chasing your dreams!

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    • With the determination expressed in this piece, I believe that you will accomplish any goals you may wish to attain, now and in the future. I feel as though this post was well worded and puts forth many great examples of both short and long term goals

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  7. All throughout high school I have been setting goals for myself, and it has become a very important part of my life and how I have learned more about myself. Being a part of my school’s dance team played a huge role in teaching me how to achieve my individual goals and continue to grow even when I failed. It took me a long time to move up to the varsity team, but that experience made me realize the importance of hard work and it is okay to fail sometimes. I used to think that failure was the end of achieving what you really wanted, but now I believe it only makes you stronger and shows you all the amazing qualities about yourself you never knew you had.
    When it came time for applying to colleges senior year, I learned even more about setting goals and not letting rejection set you back. I have wanted to be a nurse for a while, but applying made me extremely nervous because of how competitive it is to get in. I applied to twelve schools and I got into most of them, but I only got into two Nursing programs. The rest of the schools I was either wait listed or deferred from Nursing. Two is better than none, but I wasn’t content with the schools I got into Nursing with, and knew it was going to be even harder to try and transfer into the program at the other schools. So I began getting in touch with many admissions counselors and tried my best to see what my options were and if there were any last minute things I could do to make more schools reconsider my admission into the program I really dreamed of. Luckily the Director of Admissions at Umass Dartmouth, Hanan Khamis, seemed to be the only person who understood how badly I wanted to be accepted into the Nursing program and that I was willing to work for it. She told me if I took the ACT and got a certain score they would reconsider me. I made the goal to try my hardest on the test and put faith into myself that I could get what I needed, and I did. My ACT score was high enough that I was accepted into the Nursing program and I couldn’t have been more ecstatic and grateful.
    These experiences showed me how setback and failure may not always be a bad thing. Setting goals have taught me to have grit, determination, and work ethic. It sounds very cliche, but my obstacles have shown me that if you don’t work for it, you won’t achieve it. I’m also a strong believer that everything happens for a reason. Maybe I was not accepted into my first choice schools for a reason and so that I could learn how to become more resilient in life. Creating goals has helped me to cope with the certain situation and put it into perspective. I would not be where I am today if I did not set goals and push myself to get out of my comfort zone so that I could achieve my dream of becoming a nurse.

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  8. Goals, are things that have become very important in my life. When I entered High School I had a very rough start because of personal things going on and setting goals for my self really helped me. The fact that I was able to set a goal and complete it made me feel very good about myself. I am a person of adventure, and I live under the idea that when you die the only things you take with you are your adventures and successes. Most of my goals revolve around where I will be going next or how I will proceed with my career as a Nurse after college. For example, before I am 30 years old I want to have traveled 50+ countries. Before I turned 18 I got to see 4 countries so that brings me a little closer to my goals. Keeping your head in the game is the most important thing to do when it comes to goals because a goal is something you should take serious especially if it has to do with bettering yourself. People often decide what there “New Years resolution” is which is basically a goal that involves bettering yourself in some sort of way. But the thing they don’t realize is that setting the goal is the easiest part, following through with it all reflects on what you do to reach it. People live under the assumption that all you have to do is set the goal and success will come as time goes, but thats not how it works. You set a goal and you make it the most important thing, and you’ll see how your life slowly begins to change. Making one small change within yourself can determine the rest of your life. So, set the goal follow it, and see how grateful you’ll be when you go back in time and remember how good it felt to make a change.

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  9. My main goal in life is to be successful. That goal wont become a reality until I follow through and do whatever it takes to reach it. Everybody wants to be successful but not everybody is willing to put the work in . Setting a goal is a great start but achieving that goal will be an amazing feeling. Many people give up on their goal because the road gets bumpy and their goal starts to seem out of reach. One important thing to remember when you are trying to reach your goal is why? Why do you want to achieve this goal ? You can even ask yourself who ? Who are you doing this for ? In my case I ask myself why and who. I want to achieve this goal because I want to be something greater. I want to be in a healthcare profession so that I can help other people. Small or big, I want to be able to make a difference. I also ask myself who because I’m doing this for my parents. Without my parents I wouldn’t know what I would do. My parents always make sure that I am achieving my goals academically. They make it their number one priority to ensure that I go to college. They work day and night to make the money for my tuition. When I reach my goal and I am successful I want to give back to my parents . I want to give them anything and everything that they want . They truly deserve it . I think about my parents and my future every time I think about my goals.

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  10. Goals:
    Five years from now, I want to be happy and living life unapologetic. However I can not achieve this without having goals and aspirations. Personally I believe anything you put your mind to, you will achieve. There is no one, on this earth, that can hold you back but yourself. Life has not always been so kind to me, but I can not let the past hold me back. There is so much I plan to achieve and accomplish. Within my lifespan. I plan on getting a degree and creating a business. After I graduate, I want to start building up a business. I want be able to create a successful franchise and travel the world. Life has so much beauty and magic towards it and I want to experience all it has to offer. I want to be able to go to different countries and experience their culture. Hence why I have so many goals. There’s so much I want to be able to achieve and my goals are the beginning of all to come. Without a doubt in mind, I will become someone successful in this world. Being able to obtain a degree is the starting point everything to come. I’ve worked so hard to get to this position in life and I’ll continue to as such for my future. There are so much people counting on me to “make it” in life which I use my goals as motivation. I want to be able to make everyone, in my family, proud of me.

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    • I agree with having to make everyone in your family proud. I believe to do the same because all my life my family constantly motivated me to be the best I could and I want to prove to them that I can. Well said!

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  11. For years I have had an admiration for Napoleon Bonaparte. I have read books, watched documentaries, written essays, and made presentations all oriented around this one man’s life. An obsession with his success, which had made an ordinary man into an emperor. Yes, my days are filled with so much boredom, that I find the time to study the life of another man; it is not like I study the action-packed battles during war or the eventful French Revolution. I study his leadership skills. I study his decision making and his reasoning. I try to connect the dots to what made him succeed and what made him fail. Now, I understand this sounds like some odd and twisted obsession with a dead guy’s life, and I wholeheartedly agree, but I cannot help but wonder what his secrets were to success. All opinions on his character and politics aside, the man made some arguably impressive accomplishments, coming from a middle-class family living on a small Italian Island, to becoming the Emperor of France, is a feat very few can admit to. Now, I do plan on making a relevant point and promise I will not waste anyone’s time babbling about a dead man’s life, but he had broken the chains of ordinary. What I mean by this is that many of us, specifically I, come from a middle-class family who had, at some point, immigrated to America. Now, for the selected few who share this commonality, our families live a monotonous life. Wake up, go to work, come home, go to sleep, and repeat. This is what I saw growing up. My parents, and even grandparents, working jobs they hated until retirement. They put their interests aside for the sake of their families. This is a life that most will follow. I mean truthfully, we are attending university to land us well-paying jobs with good health benefits, good vacation time, and all the other good stuff, with the salary, in most cases, being the deciding factor. This life we wish to follow is a life of security. See, Napoleon did not settle for a secure and well-paying job. While others studied to be entrepreneurs, doctors, and lawyers, Napoleon was studying to revolutionize a country. That is what I admired so dearly of Napoleon. He knew there was more to life than a safe job and he was not afraid to take the risks to avoid it. That is what I believe. I believe that we must always chase after our true goals. No matter how crazy they may sound. No matter how many discourage it. We must chase the goals that fuel our souls and feed our ambition. Just as Shakespeare once said, “If I be foiled, there is but one shamed that was never gracious; if killed, but one dead that is willing to be so.” We have only one life to live, and if we spend our precious time living and not enjoying every second, we are merely wasting our most valuable resource.

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    • I enjoyed reading this! Growing up I watched my dad come home from a long day of work and complain about how he hates his job. Currently he has been working at the same company for 25 years. I am a firm believer of doing what you love.

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    • I completely agree with you Elijah! We should never just chase a check or settle for less. We have to persist and believe that our goals can be accomplished. Studying the past only makes the future more valuable. Your belief statement is great and I love how it is focused around Napoleon and who he was. This was a very interesting and different take on a belief statement!

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  12. One thing that I believe is that the energy you put out into the world is the energy that you will receive back. This means that if you are a person who is pessimistic, negative and someone who influences others in a negative way, you will get that same negative energy in return. On the other hand, someone who is respectful, optimistic, and constantly tries to be a light in their peers’ lives, will get good things to happen to them. For example, someone who gives off negative energy may look at things in a very negative light. They ,most of the time, believe it to reality. After along time of looking at certain situations in that kind of light, this person is going to actually believe that the negative aspect of things is their reality. This will affect their actions and the decisions they make in life. Some of these decisions can sometimes lead to failure or disappointment. Another example is the person who is optimistic and puts looks at the positive aspect of the challenges they encounter in life. These people will always tend to overcome certain obstacles that a negative person wouldn’t. This is because someone who is optimistic will look at the good side of things and use that to keep on going. After learning this about life, I tend to be more optimistic than pessimistic. Also I have learned to surrounds myself with mostly people who look at this in a positive light. This idea has helped me reach certain goals that I used to believe I wouldn’t be able to.

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  13. As a child, I was always set to have high expectations and to be the best I could by my family. This wasn’t anything discouraging but it had its downfalls at times. In school, I was known for having the straight A’s and being one of the top in my class, which of course made my family elated because they didn’t necessarily have to “worry” about me failing. With this, I had always set goals for myself because I knew I had to make the people around me happy, as well as myself. When I was younger, I thought I was going to travel around the world for a living but eventually I knew that it wasn’t for me and I had to be more realistic. At this point, my goal had changed. Now, entering college, I want to become a Dentist where I help people to achieve the comfort and satisfaction they want for their smile. As a Dental Assistant, my goal each working day is to help each and every patient feel confident about themselves by the time they leave the office. In the future, I hope to achieve my goal of graduating as a DMD and proving to my family that I did it. That I had accomplished something that I worked so hard for all my life. To be able to give back to each person who knew I could do it and to those who never gave up on me. Setting goals in life is a start to a whole new beginning and once the goals are achieved, that new beginning is something worth living for. It will take hard work and dedication but it will all be worth it in the end.

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  14. Whatever I am doing right now are just little steps toward my very big beautiful future. When I get so frustrated with school I lay down all my dreams that I have and it gives me hope, also re energize me to get back to my work. Five years from now, I see myself graduated from college and going to a flight school. I always wanted to be a pilot since I was a kid. Sometimes I have dream about flying in the sky all by myself. I feel free when I think about flying in the sky. I was born into a very conservative family,so I never really got to enjoy freedom. That is not the only reason what makes my dream job being a pilot. The main reason why I want to be a pilot is I want to travel all over the world. I want to go everywhere! Ten years from now, I see myself living in a fancy mansion in Dubai with my beloved family. I also want to build a nice and big mansion back in my country Bangladesh. So whenever I go over there which I would twice a year, I have a nice place to stay and meet all my family back in my country. A trip of my life time would be going to Saudi Arabia with my parents. I want to go there for religious purpose. Besides being a pilot, I also want to open my own business. I want to have my own cosmetic line and have a online store for dresses where I am going to design them all. I am not really into cars so I do not know what my dream car is yet. But I am going to have my own private jet which I am going to fly by myself. Twenty years from now I see myself running a successful business, bossing around everyone, give my kids the best life anyone ever could ask for, traveling the world with “the one”, and being around my beloved parents who loves me unconditionally. One of my favorite poem that really describes me is Me I Am by Jack Prelutsky.
    Me I Am !
    I am the only Me I Am
    Who qualifies as me,
    no Me I AM has been before,
    and none will ever be
    No other Me I Am can feel
    the feelings I’ ve within,
    no other Me I Am can fit
    precisely in my skin
    There is no other Me I Am
    who thinks the thoughts I do,
    the world contains one Me I Am
    this earth shall ever see,
    that Me I Am I always am
    is no one else but Me!

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  15. Throughout all of the constant changes in my life, setting goals has always been a reoccurring solution. Ever since I was little my parents would always tell me to set a goal and to be determined in order to one day complete it. At that time in my life I was probably trying to save money in order to go to the candy store or to buy that new toy. Now as an adult, completing a simple goal lifts a weight off of my shoulders. Over the years, I have gain a very strong sense of maturity much faster then most. I learned very quickly that not everyone in the world will except you for who you are, but that you still have to live and be true to yourself. For a long time, I would hide behind this mask that the world would view. I got good at hiding because my parents were oblivious and so were a lot of my friends. I wasn’t living my life I was simply drifting in it. I still got high grades, I still would talk to some of my friends, I would pretend to be happy all the time, but in reality I was lost. In that moment, my life kept changing all too fast. My parents had a messy divorce that I was brought into, my uncle died, I got my first C on my english paper (which at the time killed my self esteem), one of my best friends tried to commit suicide, I had my first eye opening experience with racism, and that list went on and on. It wasn’t until a few days before my sixteenth birthday did I realized how much time I had lost to the changes around me. So I made a decision, one idea that would honestly save me. I choose to make a single goal, I wanted to be happy and to do something with friends on my sixteenth birthday. We went bowling, and all of us failed miserably without the bumpers, but that night was by far the happiest I had felt in a long time.
    Making goals is something that I do everyday in order to keep some form of control over my life. I have a wide range of goals. Some are as small as completing my to do list. Others are based on my future and my career. I even have goals on what I hope the future of the world will one day look like. But, ultimately, all of my goals remind me to be the person that I want to be everyday in my life. I know that the world is constantly changing and that life is unpredictable. For me, setting a goal is my way of finding security in a changing world. I’ve hit rock bottom before, and I didn’t like it. So I made a goal to stand up, and by standing up I took full control over my life and my future.

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  16. Goals are what keep a person and the world moving forward. They are the fuel that keeps the fire burning within a person. If nobody had any goals in life than the world would come to a standstill. They are the most basic reason for the advancement of communities around the world. Without goals, every person on the planet would have no reason to get out of bed in the morning, no reason to go to school, no reason to live.
    I believe that goals are the key to being the best person that one could possibly be. They are the most basic stepping stone to pursuing a life of happiness and a sense of gratitude. Nobody in the world can choose your goals for you, they must come from your own ideas of what you want to be. They are one’s own ideas of what they want their future to consist of. This is why it is important for everyone to have their own goals and to pursue their own dreams.
    Without the presence of goals, the world would no longer develop and the advancement of the Earth would come to a screeching halt. They are the single reason as to why the Earth is no longer a few tribes living in grass huts. If there was nobody with the goal of creating a better future than there would be no technology and we would still be trying to hunt deer with nothing but a sharpened stick. Goals are what keep the Earth moving forward and they are creating a better and brighter future for all of us.

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  17. Setting a goal can mean many different things to many different people. To me, it means something you strive for and work towards. Goals are not just something that you hope for or dream of; they are something you commit to, something you believe in. My belief in goals and the power of persistence has shaped me as an individual. Setting long term and short term goals for myself has pushed me to work myself to lengths I would’ve never dreamed of reaching otherwise. Pushing myself physically and mentally to attain my goals has helped me to become a better student and a resilient worker.
    After receiving my high school diploma with honors, the next step to achieving my long term goal is dedicating all my efforts to attaining my degree and eventually helping children as a future Speech Pathologist. My belief in setting an objective and reaching for it was shaped by observing others, their goals, and their journey to success. No road to success was ever an easy one, as I began to realize that, I wanted to begin my own road to success.
    I believe that anyone can set and achieve goals. I believe that they are the key to bright futures even if the journey does not go as planned. Without persistence through bumps in the road, the objective can never be reached. A person who has truly set goals for themselves does more than just work towards them or think of them, they believe in them.

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  18. I’ve always used goals in my life and I believe other people should too, I firmly believe that without them I would do nothing with my life. Sometimes I might make very lofty goals things that I know might never happen, but at least it’s something to shoot for “shoot for the moon, even if you miss you’ll be among the stars”, I don’t totally believe that’s the best philosophy to have because let’s face it you could still be stranded in space some plans just kinda fail. I know that many of my goals have failed on the way and I’ve had to give up on those lofty far out goals because I tried to stretch too far and planned for things to go right that probably weren’t, I’m no expert in planning or organization but I believe that some giant goals aren’t great for you, to much effort and time can go into something that ultimately might never happen. Small goals are nice you feel accomplishment and steady progress and personally I like that I enjoy things that allow you to watch your progress, I was a Carpenter’s apprentice for a summer ,and having those daily goals was a great motivator I think it helped me to do more to push harder to get things done faster. Goals are a great thing, but I like to think that smaller more practical goals are better they help you keep organised, motivated, and you might not get “lost in space”.

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  19. Imagine you could go back in time, to a period in your life where the biggest thing you could obtain was a new toy. Your mom or dad may have told you to accomplish something before you could have it, like getting good grades or completing a chore before you get it. Day and night all you have on your mind on is the new toy that’s a simple task away. You clean the house for a week straight, determined to earn your prize, and finally your time comes. Once you get the toy it feels like the greatest thing on earth all because YOU earned it with hard work and determination. While this seems like a minute situation, it in fact, is not. This situation reflects on your mindset for your lifetime, achieving a goal. See, everyone has goals. Some people want to be rich, some want to be famous, the list goes on. Goals are checkpoints you aim for throughout your life journey, and I believe without goals people would be lost. Obviously not completely lost, people would still have sense of what they wanted to do, but a goal is more than that. A goal can pave your entire life; I know some people that have wanted to be surgeons for their whole lives and will stop at nothing to accomplish this feat. Goals assist you in determining what really matters to you, and can often reflect on your morals and upbringing. For example, most people born into poor families want to be rich, or at least financially stable because they never want to go back to a life they may have left behind. However, not all goals have to be as big as this. I have a friend who was on a mission to dunk before his junior year of high school, all because it was something that was important to him. What I’m trying to touch upon is the fact that goals help you focus on what matters to you the most, be it big or small. When you set goals for yourself, it gives you sort of a tunnel vision, and makes it easier to separate things you’re passionate about and things that are less important. More often than not, if you set a goal you will do everything in your power to achieve it. Many goals people have set are unmet however, due to the fact that on their path to achieving said goal, they realized it wasn’t really what they wanted. That being said, I believe that overall goals are important to set for yourself throughout life, as your focus and mindset may constantly change, or even stay stagnant. Regardless, goals are a major part of figuring out what means the most to you at any point in your life.

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  20. Ever since I was young, I have always been interested in anything science related. However, what really sparked my interest was when I enrolled in a biology course my junior year of high school. Learning about the origin, growth, and evolution of living organisms always intrigued me. Biology instantly became my favorite class and I always looked forward to attending it. I knew by end of my junior year that I wanted to major in biology when I enrolled in college.
    During my sophomore, junior, and senior year I voluntarily tutored middle and elementary school students in science, math, and reading. I loved working with kids, and I loved being able to help them. Due to my passion to learn more about medical science and love of helping out children, I came to the conclusion that I want to become a pediatrician. I knew that the process to achieve my goal would be very difficult, however because of my driven ambition I believe that I’ll be able to accomplish it.
    When I’m asked about what I want to do with biology career wise, I always tell them the same response about wanting to be a pediatrician. However, I’m always told that it’s a very difficult process and if I don’t become one there are other career choices to pick from. Although they are somewhat trying to help by telling me there are other career options, I don’t let the hint of doubt deteriorate my motivation. I let it strengthen my ambition instead. I know that with my strength and determination I’ll be able to become a pediatrician and make my dream of helping out children come true.

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  21. What is a “Goal”? The definition of a goal is,”the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result”, as quoted from google dictionary. Goals are a pathway to a better you. They are stepping stones in order for we, as individuals, to be successful. Some people set goals to motivate them in order to preform at a higher level to achieve excellence. Others set goals to get through the day. A goal can be short term or long term. Some of the goals that I set as a kid were both long term and short term. When someone would ask me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”, and I would respond with an answer such as, “I want to be a Doctor, a Physician, an Anesthesiologist, a Flight Medic!”, I was setting a long term goal. As I aged my goals along with my ambition to be something extraordinary one day excelled and gradually evolved. I attended a vocational high school where I received a great education and learned a trade, HVAC, that I will always have as a secondary option in life. When I first entered high school I was intrigued by the HVAC shop but, after four years of experience and 2 and a half years of working in the field, I have chosen to change career paths. I attended an EMT Academy, through Swansea Ambulance Corps, which was a life changing experience for me that led me to attend this university. I am a soon to be EMT and First Responder and I am attending Umass Dartmouth in hopes of receiving my major in Nursing to one day be what I have always dreamed of being as a child. Attending college has always been a long term goal of mine and I believe that Umass Dartmouth is where my future will begin and new goals will arise. So set goals and with time, each goal that you attain will propel you into triumph.

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  22. When I think of what me “as an individual believe in,” the song “0-100” by famous lyricist Aubrey Graham comes to mind. The reason this song comes to mind is because of this one line in the song “know yourself, know your worth.” This is the highlight of the song for me for several reasons: First of all the phrase “know yourself,” this means to know how you are as an individual and being able to know how you are as a person. Personally right now I think it’s impossible for anyone my at my age to to know themselves because we have barely been alive long enough to really explore everything about ourselves. I believe as an individual I need to know myself to figure out what my beliefs really are thoroughly. The second part of the phrase is to “know your worth,” usually when someone thinks of worth, they think of someone’s possession, however I think in this case it is referring to how highly someone holds themselves. I strong believe that I have to figure out the exact standards to hold myself to, that means that I hold myself to these standards and not force other people to perform at the same level I’m at because this is how I hold myself as an individual, not as ideas a collective must follow. In Conclusion when think of what me as an individual believe in the phrase “Know yourself, Know your worth” by Aubrey Graham comes to mind due to me in an effort to know my beliefs, and to know the standards I hold myself to.

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  23. I believe in life that it is important to have goals. It doesn’t matter how important they are or if it takes one year or 30 years to complete it. You give your self a responsibility and something to look forward to. It is also important to know you don’t have to accomplish the goals that others set for you, you make the decision on what goals are important and right for you. It is your personal goal and it doesn’t matter if it is simple as reading a certain book or challenging as starting your own business. One of my goals that I recently accomplished was graduating high school. It took me a lot of hard work and persistence but I was able to successfully accomplish my goal. I found it is important to stay focused and motivated so that you can hopefully complete your goal. If a goal is important to you than put in the effort and resources to make sure you accomplish it. I think that is ok for goals to change if you realize they are unattainable or if they are too easy. My goal for the next four years is to get my degree in anthropology and find a job in anthropology. Other goals I have for college is to meet new people and travel l to new places. College is full of new experiences and those experiences can led to setting new goals for yourself. I believe that goals are important and are markers for what you accomplish.

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  24. When I was young, my only goal is to be successful in life. Choosing your own career is probably the most difficult thing to do except for the ones that know what to do in theirs. I’m probably going for something close to the computer career. I’m hoping throughout the freshmen college year, I will be able to choose my major. And that’s the major goal that I have to work hard for to know what is my interest to be with the professional help of the college. I will have more experience through my college years.
    Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success. -Pablo Picasso

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  25. A goal for humanity.

    Life, such a precious little thing, isn’t it? One moment it’s here, the next it’s gone just like that; how melancholic. That’s why I believe in the idea of living life to its fullest, and not letting a single moment pass us by! None of us truly understand why we are here on this planet, but I think, by living without regrets, and not letting the small things consume us, that we’ll find the key to understanding this elusive truth. We have become so entranced by the idea of distracting ourselves with technology and the man-made things that, although have connected us in ways that blow my mind completely, have made us lazy and greedy for something more, something that this Earth can not keep giving us. I hold the concept of diving deep within ourselves, as well as exploring our surroundings and what they have to offer (relationships, nature, etc), high on my list of respected values. We need to start LIVING, not comfortably surviving. We live in a time where there is war, whether it be civil or global, and its negativity spreads rapidly. A time where people condemn and attack each other just because of how different we look, or how our beliefs don’t line up… I believe we should respect this thing called life and enjoy every second of it, spreading love and happiness throughout every aspect of it, even it’s ups and downs. This is what I believe, what about you?

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  26. Setting goals is an important part of becoming a better person, and I could not of gotten to were I am now without setting goal for my self. During my freshman year of high school I had no idea who I was or what I wanted to be, but I did know that it was up to me to figure that out. I told my self that before I was done with high school I wanted to be someone who was remembered by his friends not his entire school. What was the point of being known if no one really knew who you were. In the beginning of my sophomore year I still was unsure about what I wanted to do in college, but I was sure I wanted to do something with computers because technology came so easily to me. About half way through that year I met a bunch of great people who eventually ended up being great friends that changed my life forever. We started a small club developing a small indie game in our free time. I believe this is the part that lead me to wanting to be a computer programmer. The rest of my high school career went by and I went from that shy freshman with only a few people he felt comfortable talking to, to a mature young adult that could state his opinion and not worry about what other people thought about him. Goals are important to me and should be important to everyone because without goals we are just working towards nothing.

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    • This really hits home to me, high school was definitely a time where I felt like I didn’t really have an identity and if I could really make an impact, even doubting if I’ll ever succeed in the future. I can recall many blank moments in my sophomore year because I didn’t have anything to strive for other than just getting by. It wasn’t until I wanted to be an accountant that I really had something to look forward to, such as taking beginner accounting and business oriented classes to prepare myself. Glad you found something pivotal in your high school time.

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  27. At one point in your life, you have most likely been shut down for a goal or challenge you would like to pursue. Whether it was in the first grade when you told your mom you wanted to be a dancer or when you were 18 and told her you wanted to go to school to pursue your dream of acting. Life is full of different opportunities and it is not fair that at a young age, we are told they are unrealistic. Whether you were told that you would never make it out in the real world or that you could never support a family with the type of job you wanted, we have all felt it. I believe that instead of shunning each other for our biggest dreams and goals, we should inspire each other and push one another toward success. Did you know that Walt Disney was rejected from his first job because he “lacked creativity” or that Elvis Presley was told he was not good enough for the music industry? If these inspiring and historical people shut down their dreams the first time they were knocked down, who knows what they would have become. So take the chance and do what makes you happy and never give up on those goals and dreams because of a negative opinion. We should be encouraged for estranged ideas instead of shunned for them. I believe, as an aspiring nursing student, that helping each other achieve our goals is the way to a better society as we know it.

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  28. I believe in never giving up an opportunity, and a fight. For example the past six years I have been enrolled into the METCO program in the town of Natick. I traveled from Boston to Natick five days a week. My journey started at 6 AM on the bus only to end up at school by 7:10. This is not only a journey to me, but an opportunity with a life experience. This program has opened up so many doors for my education and has helped me become who I am today. My education is something that I take really seriously. I come from immigrant parents, so college has been an expectation for me since day one. My parents taught me to take advantages in life when there is a door, open it. This is something that I carry with me everyday. Traveling back and forth every day drains me, but I push myself to go to school, achieve good grades to make my parents proud and get me my college degree. Having my degree will help break the stereotypes that people have on the minority of not going to college and getting a degree. Their are many people trying to complete the same goal as I am. The only way to succeed is by never giving up and opening any door that can lead you to success. The only way you know you’ve succeeded is by crossing the stage, and getting your degree. “Only I can change my life”

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  29. Nothing gets placed into a person’s hands without hard work. At least that’s what I was taught growing up. It’s a belief that not everyone grows up to; however, it’s my opinion that it is one that builds a strong and independent character.
    Countless amounts of people head to a draining job they hate every morning. Why? They didn’t give themself a chance to dream. To fantasize about one career that would make their soul happy every morning rather than counting on a third latte to get them through the shift. It’s because it usually takes a little bit more work to follow a dream, and when push comes to shove, sometimes it is easiest to find a 9-5 desk job.
    I would have never ended up where I am, enrolled in school to pursue my dreams, if my parents never taught me their work ethics. I’ve watched them go to work every morning, to jobs they don’t enjoy just to put food on my plate. I admire it so much, it inspired me to never give up. I had to scrape together a portfolio with limited resources to get into Umass Dartmouth’s graphic design program. This is just one instance where putting in the extra work has placed me closer to pursuing my dream in life. I am not saying to not enjoy life until you get to your goal. I just think people possess the ability to lose sight of one’s dreams when the effort put into it.

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  30. Achieving my goals is what I live by. Growing up, my parents were never there for me, they were too caught up in their crazy working schedules and busy lives that they’ve never really acknowledged what I want to do with my life. I’ve always been very independent and as I got older, I started creating goals to live by so that each day has its own purpose. These goals range from working and saving money to pursuing a career that truly makes me happy. Being that my parents never questioned my future, I took it upon myself to make sure that my life stays on track. I live in a very close-minded community where truthfully education isn’t really prioritized but drugs are, and I don’t want to fall into the norm that happens here. Therefore, I stay motivated, to get out of this city and make myself proud so that I can finally say, “I made it”. Being accepted to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is something I am super proud of. It is a reminder that I’ve done everything I could at this point to take the next step in my life and work on the next goal. However, I do know that sometimes things in life happen that are not under anyone’s control. Life will knock me down at some points but all that matters is that I get back up better than ever and learn from it. This is just the way life works and believe me, I know it isn’t easy. I can only hope and put in the effort to have a better future. What I am truly passionate about is the marine life. I want to spend the rest of my life studying the sea to create a better environment for marine animals and that is my long-term goal.

    “Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.” – Jacques Cousteau

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    • I love the way you wrote this and the way it flowed. Your story and the courage you have truly inspires me. I hope to learn to be as independent as you. Your career goals are similar to mine. Your mindset on life I agree with. This post kept me intrigued, very well said!

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  31. It is a personal belief of mine that goals help to shape us into the individuals that we become as we progress through life. Both the conscious and sub-conscious choices that we make help us to reach these goals that we set for ourselves. I’ve have learned through martial arts that this ideology couldn’t be any farther from the truth. I first started doing martial arts in 2009, where I was over-weight, lacked self-confidence, and didn’t have many measurable ambitions. I would see black belts in front of me who were quite clearly more skilled than I and had almost an aura of them that I couldn’t understand for the life of me. I set the goal for myself to become a black belt. I knew that I had a long road ahead of me, and that if I wanted to get to where I wanted to go that I would need to put in the work necessary. Nothing for nothing. I spent countless hours over the next five and a half years taking extra classed, working out vigorously, and most importantly improving my mindset to become my some-what newly idolized black belt status. On the night of May 9, 2014 I entered my both physically and mentally exhausting three hour black belt test, and on that night after all of my hard work and dedication set by my goal, I left my studio that night as a black belt. And today I stand as a third degree black belt in my discipline, as both a student and teacher, and hope with my new goal to influence others to have epiphanies like I had that night in 2009.

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  32. Just like any other kid, my goal was to be a professional athlete and fireman. As I got older those goals changed. When I started high school, I applied for the Medical program. It had a lot if interest for me and thought this was my path to be come a health professional, like a Nurse. As I went through my four years I was pretty sure this was my goal. I landed a co-op job as a nurse tech in a Rehab Hospital. Along the way I met great health professional and even some funny patients. When it came to apply for colleges I applied for the nursing programs. I got into all of the schools applied for but was thinking Nursing was not what I really wanted. Still have full interest in medical and research but not sure if I want to become Nurse or a Research Scientist. Being a first generation college student in my family I’m excited to this great opportunity to attend a great school with endless possibilities. Today, I’m not sure what that final gaol will be but at the end it will be worth every chapter written in there next four years.
    “A vision without action is merely a dream” – Kevin Gates

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  33. Throughout my life I have been highly motivated to accomplish my goals, and set new ones. I have achieved a great amount because of this. Being goal oriented has allowed me to follow a path in life. Firsthand I understand that sometimes paths change, and goals can change as well. If I could give any advice to someone who is struggling to find motivation or a path in life, I would tell them to create a goal, and get motivated to accomplish it. I believe in being motivated. In finding that specific thing or things that will continue to motivate you day in and day out. With motivation comes the desire to set goals, and achieve them. Wether you are creating goals in the classroom, on the court/field, or in life, being motivated and having goals brings you one step closer to success. Often times, especially in today’s society, people are not driven to accomplish things, and are all about procrastination. Being a procrastinator can sometimes make life more stressful and complicated. Being motivated to do things ahead of time can relieve this extra stress in life. And just think, when you envision your goals, do you envision waiting until the last possible minute to try to achieve them? The answer is simply no. Normally, people want to achieve their goals within an hour, or want to see results the next day. However, another important thing is to be realistic about your goals and the work it will take to achieve them. Understand that results don’t show in a day but sometimes take a month. Being highly motivated, setting goals, and being realistic with yourself about how much work you will need to put in to achieve these goals will ultimately give you success throughout your life. Being motivated and setting goals, in general, can just give you a path in life to start following. And who knows? You might like the path you find yourself on.

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  34. Your goals are what will shape you into the person you want to be. By listing them in the way that’s makes you comfortable, it will help you be motivated to achieve them, it will remind you everyday that you need to keep working hard, you need to keep pushing, keep believing in yourself and you will start seeing results. Being able to see your goals on a daily basis, wether it’s in the for of images, shapes, colors or letters will give you the right boost to be productive throughout your day. I will never stop growing because, I will always to achieve better and more, I will always want to reach the top, I will always want to be the best that I can be and setting goals help have path to follow because I know where I’m trying to get. Always set your goals and always remind yourself of them!!

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  35. What are goals without determination and ambition? Simple nothing. It will remain a goal and it will always seem like it’s out of reach unless you set your mind to it, put in the work and aim to make it happen. In order to achieve anything in this life, your effort needs to be directed towards it. It will not be a smooth ride, the road will get bumpy but that should only motivate you to push harder. Goals can either be big or small but no matter the size, they all require the same amount of energy. My short term goal as of right now is to achieve outstanding grades in all my classes this upcoming semester. I want to perform at my highest in each and every class. My long term goal is to get my degree in Criminal Justice and Education and give back to the community in any way that I can. I want to go back home in Kenya and perhaps teach the English language to the less fortunate. I want to provide them with an opportunity that I was not given. Goals help put things into prospective for us and no goal is ever to big to accomplish, it just means that it requires much more work. But you can do anything you put your mind too. You just have to work for it and not stop at the first red light. Have determination and be ambitious.

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  36. To be honest I never really had any goals. I just lived life doing whatever the fuck I wanted to do. Every morning I just woke up, went out with my friends, and just did reckless stupid shit, just cause. But as time went on I got tired of doing the same shit with no end results that benefited me. I really sat there and thought to myself, “What changes can I make to make myself better?” And at this time I was all about self improving and still am. And I realized setting goals for yourself is the best way for self improvement, no matter if it’s a small goal or a big goal. Accomplishing your goals give you a sense of pride, achievement, and it really motivates you to get more done. Once you accomplish a goal do you stop? No, once you have that sense of accomplishment you keep craving more and more. The crazy thing is that you can never run out of goals to achieve, no matter what, there’s always room for you to have a goal and to be a better version of yourself. And the only person that can motivate you to accomplish any goal you have, is yourself. Cause at the end of the day, if you really want to accomplish that goal of yours, you’ll push no matter what. I believe that everyone should have a goal in life, no matter how big or small, because at the end of every goal, it shapes you into the best version of yourself.

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  37. “Wake up determined, go to bed satisfied, and eat a cookie somewhere in between”
    This quote emphasizes the importance of hard work on a day to day basis but also recognizes the significance of enjoying the simple things in life. I feel that in order to live a fulfilled life, there must be a balance between the two. To enjoy the simple things, it is essential to know what it feels like to struggle and persevere when faced with a challenge. In contrast, hard work and effort gives one the ability to appreciate what we have. It is easy to get caught up in life’s hardships that ultimately distract me from obtaining my goal. Sometimes a sudden loss of a family member or friend, a serious injury, or any big life changes can impair our ability to focus on my aspirations. In these dark times, it sometimes helps to appreciate the small things life has to offer. When I pay attention to the little joys, I am reminded of all the good things my hard work has brought me. “Wake up determined” is a reminder to keep my goals in mind. “Go to bed satisfied” is a reminder to conquer everyday challenges that bring me toward a common goal. Finally “eat a cookie somewhere in between” is to appreciate life’s little treasures that help to make life worth living.

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  38. I had an experience that led me to a goal when i came to the USA 4 years ago. When i came i didn’t know anyone here i was trying to learn the language fast so i can talk to people and make friends. When i went to high school, I joined a soccer team and i talked to alot of my teammates and i made friends. First i was struggling with language and getting into the community. I was talking to alot of my friends so i can feel like i am in home and any people help me to learn the language and the culture here were different from my home town that why i had a lot of struggles. That struggle built a main goal in my life that goal was succeeding in my education. This great experience with a community like that led me to think wider and build more goals. It was a struggle at the beginning and that struggle helped me to be prepared for more hard situations on future. It was a nice experience too when i got a job and that experience gave me more responsibilities in life. I have many goals to reach and one of them is to be successful in the world i am living in. For this experience i have learned to not give up and to fight for my dreams so i can reach what i want to be. Now my main goal is to be successful in my next years of college.

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  39. Goals are simply set as checkpoints to guide you where you want to end up. Once a few goals are completed, motivation kicks in causing you to set more goals to complete and push yourself even closer to your desired end result. Goals are present in everybody’s lives, whether or not you can see them or know what they are. Other people’s goals should be just as important as our own and should not be thought of as any less impactful.

    For as long as I can remember, I have made goals in order to push myself to become the best version of me. My previous goals have ranged from working a certain amount of days every week to something that should be very simple, like remembering to floss everyday. However, I always find myself thinking of what I believe my main goal is; I am determined to find my place in the world of photography and make a name for myself. I was in eighth grade when I took my first photography class and have been progressively getting more invested in it as the years went on and high school came to a close. When I graduate college, I would love to work for National Geographic or somewhere I will be able to continue to explore all the different fields of photography; like portraiture, wildlife, landscape, and macro photography. If that is not able to happen, I will continue to grow and flourish on my own through new experiences and expanding my knowledge.

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  40. The thought of high school coming to a close and a path starting towards college is a terrifying concept in both directions. The hustle and stress I’ve worked through my whole life is finally leading up to this moment, the moment my future is decided upon by people whom I have never met viewing my application. As I have been working my way up to these college years, my goal is to stress less about my perfectionist style of working and to start enjoying the rest of my life here as a student. While working through these high school years, I have learned that everything is just as difficult as I thought it would be. The long restless nights, stressful studying sessions, and just plain ridiculous work I have had to endure is simply too much. With carrying all this weight on my back every day, literally and metaphorically, I am deciding to set a goal for myself, that I am going to start revel in rest of these years and worry less about all the substantial work I am given. Throughout taking this journey I am still on, it is a far greater thing that I am setting up goals for my future now rather than later. However, with my goal at hand, I am willing to prove to myself that I can still maintain my grades while learning to stress much less this year and ultimately improving my thoughts to find relief in college. Living the way I want to is so much more important to me than any test will ever be. The memories I am making now will always last longer than the words memorized for tests.

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  41. Whenever I hear the word “goal” it means so much more to me than short term, my brain automatically thinks for the long term. I’ve started to realize that it has a lot to do with me being scared for what the future might hold. The hardest question for me growing up has always been “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. As a kid you can brush it off with dumb answers like “a ninja” or “a superhero”, but those answers become less successful by the time you turn ten years old. I’ve always thought to myself how could anyone possibly know what the future will hold for them in ten years or so? We don’t know what might happen and what curveballs life will throw at us. That’s the reality i’m trying to get through. One of my biggest fears in life is setting a goal I can’t reach for what I want as a career. I don’t ever want to have a job that I hate waking up for, one that causes me to live for weekends and dread Mondays. We can’t control our future entirely but we can help create a better one right now in the present. One of the ways I was told to get a career that I would want was through college, I realize that college is not for everyone, but as of now, its what’s getting me closer to reaching my goal. This is what I believe in.

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  42. My goal and has always been the same ever since I was a child. That dream is to be a college science professor one day. But in order to achieve this dream, a lot of schooling and learning has to be done. My name is Lloyd Yawson and I am going to be a biology student at UMASS Dartmouth this fall. I have always wanted to be part of a big community like that of UMASSD. A community where everyone embraces learning and success. A community where everyone contributes to the wellbeing of others. This is one of the many reasons why I am excited to be part of this community. As everyone is contributing towards something in the school, there also certain qualities I may be able to contribute towards the school. I like to play soccer and volleyball. I also like organize and assemble things as well. Volunteer work is something that I enjoy doing.
    Intramural sport is something that I will like to try. I think it is a way of meeting new people. Joining the clubs available on campus is also a way of meeting new people.

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  43. Goals are important for someone to have as they help a person grow and learn lessons that they could use later in life, no matter how small or big they may be. Goals can be easy or hard to achieve but as long as they give you a sense of pride and accomplishment they are well worth it. A goal could be anything you want it to be, from beating the high score on a video game, to graduating college with your desired major, as long as it is important to you it’s worth doing. The saying “A journey of a thousand miles, starts with a single step” explains this mindset perfectly, meaning you don’t need to just shoot for the moon but rather take it one goal at a time and work your way up to that point. If you want to do well in a class that you know you haven’t done well in previously, take it a single step at a time and before you know it you’ll see the improvements. Whether its a goal of paying attention more in class or seeking extra help after, you are working towards that overarching goal and ultimately becoming the person you set out to be.

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  44. You ask me what I believe in, I believe in happiness. But not the temporary feeling of happiness, genuine and long term happiness. I can not tell you how to specifically gain this type of happiness; however I still believe that every individual should strive for this type of happiness. For example, when choosing a career most people would base that choice with a money influence but if you do not enjoy being at your job is it worth it. Some may say yes, those people are the same ones who would claim that money creates their happiness. But even celebrities with millions of dollars can still and do suffer from depression. Money creates temporary happiness, not genuine and long term happiness. Genuine and long term happiness can look like many things but it’s when you’re content with yourself and your life. People will always have bad days but when you have that type of happiness or in the process of gaining that complete happiness you do not let those bad days weigh you down. When you gain this happiness you will know, you may not notice at first but you will. Personally I have not reached my complete happiness, however I strive to be there. Everyone’s true happiness is individualized but everybody can still achieve it; it’s all about knowing yourself and being open minded. College is one of the ways where you can find yourself and become open minded. When faced with different personalities and individuals of many backgrounds and beliefs, you can figure out what you enjoy, which can ultimately allow you to find your happiness.

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    • I totally agree with the idea of complete happiness. Everyone should strive to achieve this idea, regardless of what that idea of happiness may be. I know you will reach your ultimate happiness. Wishing you the best.

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  45. I believe in finding what sets your soul on fire. No matter which pathways one goes down in life I believe that they will always lead you towards the destination you were meant to find. I believe that to find this destination one must set goals in their everyday life. I’ve always set goals and made it my mission to achieve them no matter what roadblocks were put in my way, whether those roadblocks were rejections or toxic people, I push forward towards each new adventure. When I embark on my journey I will set a goal of what I plan to achieve during a semester or during an athletic season, this goal becomes my baseline for how I view my success, I expect a lot out of myself but only because I know with a firm push I can attain almost anything. My goals have always given me an unmatchable drive. This drive has allowed me to accomplish whatever I set my mind to.
    I chose to write about goals because setting and achieving goals means that one understands the art of hard work and perseverance. Many times throughout the journey to reach the end destination there will be moments of trial and possible setbacks, but my greatest lesson in life has been to use those ‘setbacks’ as a time to reflect, reevaluate and move forward with more force. Setbacks shouldn’t be seen as deterrents from achieving a goal, they should be seen as more fuel to one’s fire.

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  46. Goals are an important part of every person’s life, as it allows themselves to have a guide of what they wish to achieve in any aspect of their life. By setting goals, one can prioritize what is important to them and focus more of their life on that. The more that one works on a goal of theirs, the more they improve themselves and the more motivated they become to work harder and become the best version of themselves that they can be.
    When I joined my high school’s cross country team in my freshman year, I was not that good of a runner. I was decent at best, but there were many other kids on the team that were much better than I was. However, I wanted to become a better runner, and felt that, with enough work, I could. So, I set multiple goals for myself that summer in order to become a better runner. I would set certain goals surrounding how far I would run or how fast I would complete a run in. For example, I would have a goal to run three miles in twenty minutes. After I achieved each goal, I would set a new goal for myself that would force me to work harder than I previously had. The harder I worked, the more I improved. By the next season, I had become one of the top runners on the team, all thanks to setting goals for myself and making sure that I always worked harder every time I trained. I have continued setting goals for myself when it comes to running, and I plan on continuing to work hard in my coming college years both as an athlete and a student.

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  47. I believe that with hard work anything is achievable. But without a goal what are we working for. Goals give purpose. They give definition. Goals are what got me to where I am today. Throughout most of my life I didn’t really know what I wanted to do but by the time I entered High school I realized that I had to seriously start considering what I was going to do as a career. By sophomore year I had set achievable goals for myself and that is what motivated me through high school. I wanted to become a computer scientist and I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. So, by high school year I had achieved most of my goals. I had gone from taking lower level classes to taking Advanced Placement classes at my school. All the hours of studying and extra help from staying after at school started to bear real fruits. Academics weren’t the only challenges I faced on my journey to my dream. I also faced financial difficulties. But this didn’t stop me either. I knew college education wasn’t going to be cheap, so I went out and found myself a job. Almost everything I made went into saving for school and by the time I got my acceptance letter I was able to afford school. I still work while learning skills that will help set me in line for the career that I want for myself. This drive that I have to fulfill my goals was instilled in me by my parents. Though they were immigrants they set goals for themselves and managed to make a better life for not only themselves but for me as well. They didn’t let anything stop them from achieving their goals. Without the goals they set for themselves they wouldn’t be where they are today.

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  48. Goals are important to me in my life. If I do not set a goal I feel like I am not working for anything. Even simple goals such as getting a good grade on a test or getting my driver’s license but also major goals like graduating high school or getting my first job. Since this is going to be my first year of college a simple goal for me to keep me going throughout the year is going to be getting the best grades to the best of my ability and definitely not failing any of my classes. I also always want a big goal even it is far away from where I am know. I want to graduate college and possibly try to have a job relatively soon after I get out of school. As I said in the beginning I always have goals going, my major goal at the moment is saving up for at least one year of my college education. It is always great to have some goals that are easy but still make you feel good because you know that you can complete them for example even going for a run or working out is both good for you but you also feel good about completing the goal. Another reason goals are so important is because even if you think you failed and there is nothing you can do about it you are actually learning from your mistakes and you can make the same goal and go right back at it a complete it.

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  49. I believe that goals are set by people as a form of motivation. I personal set simple goals all the time like for extra motivation to wake up in the morning for school, or to do better in a my classes. I’ve set a lot of goals in life. Ones that I’ve achieved and ones that I’ve failed to achieve. There is one goal that I have had since I was six years old. That goal is to make enough money to one day have my mom stop working. Now I know that this is cliché as hell and probably 90% of us have this same goal, but for me this is more than just a goal, this is what I live for. This one goal is wait made me wake up in the morning for school when I really wanted to stay in bed and go back to sleep, This goal is the reason I’m going to college. If I wasn’t motivated by this goal so much I’d probably just stay home all day for a year and play 2k and madden. Ever since I was little I would see my mom come home from one job with a tried look on her face, then leaving the house a couple hours later to go to a second job still with that same tired look on her face, but I’ve never heard my mother complain. Everything I’ve done in my life so far and everything I will do in the future is so I will never have to see that tired look on my moms face again.

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  50. Whenever I embark on a new project, endeavor, or journey, I find it very difficult to remain motivated and focused without a goal. I love working towards something and pouring everything that I have into it so that every aspect of what I wanted to achieve gets completed. When I worked as an over the phone technical support technician during my senior year of high school, every day was a struggle to go to work, since I knew that I had nothing to aspire to. Reaching something greater was out of reach not only due to the company’s size being so small that the higher-up positions weren’t going to change, but also because I was there on a temporary co-op with my school – I knew that I wasn’t going to move up in the workplace. Since then I have moved on to a software development job for a startup company, and that has been incredibly rewarding to me. Every week I set a goal that I need to accomplish for the project, and every day I set goals to reach that will add up to creating what was planned in the first place. I know that had this job been like my previous, I wouldn’t be as happy or driven as I am now in my current endeavors. I am very grateful for the opportunities it presents me – the next big thing to accomplish is only just out of reach, and I know that it’s a goal that is attainable.

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    • Great statement! I can really relate to this, and I learned that it is important to put your everything in something and that can be really worth it in the future.

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  51. “You can’t have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic”

    Whether it’s a short or long-term goal, everyone has at least one goal that they hope to achieve in life. Achieving goals come with hard work, ambition, and perseverance. While trying to reach your goal you will go through obstacles, but have to have the determination to push through it. It may not be easy but hard work will pay off in the long run. I believe in hard work because nothing in life will be handed to you. If you want things in life you have to chase after it. Some people’s dreams are to go to college and become something they love and always wanted to be. Other might not want to go to college because it’s not their path. Everyone has the right to do what makes them happy. Being a student-athlete has shown hard-work like no other. Late night practices, early mornings, and time management all played a role. Improvement on and off the field is key. Education wise, my goal is to graduate from college. Once I graduate I will be a first-generation college graduate. I will not only make my family proud, but I would be proud of myself because all my hard work will pay off. I hope to make the people who support me proud. That’s one of the many goals I hope to achieve. It may seem impossible at times but it will all be worth it.

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    • I love this statement you couldn’t have said it better. I agree with your statements about hard work and I also wrote about hard work.

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      • I love your writing style and your choice of words are superb! Reading your essay I totally agree with all your points about working hard. You have to work hard to play hard.

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    • This was worded amazing. I agree with you to to the fullest anyone can reach and accomplish their goals just by working hard & staying dedicated.

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    • I am truly touched by your dedication towards hard work and perseverance. I understand how difficult it must be to attend college without having those in your life who have endeavored on the same path as you, but it is clear from your writing that you will graduate college with no issues at all. I have always found it puzzling when I realize the considerable dreams some people have, while those same individuals lack the work ethic necessary to accomplish such ambitions. Nothing wonderful in life can be achieved without blood, sweat, and tears. Make sure you keep the same mindset throughout life in which you currently have because in doing so, you will be unstoppable! Great work, and good luck in college!

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    • I like the way you worded this because it shows that whatever path you choose even if it doesn’t look like everyone else’s it is still possible to go in that direction. People have a way of achieving their goals whether it is to go to college or not. You made it seem ok and not overwhelming when you addressed that college may not be everyone’s path but they can still achieve their goal regardless. I am the last child to finish college in my family and I can’t wait to start and end with people who has the same mindset as me.

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    • I strongly agree with your statement. Nothing that is worth it comes easy and it is all worth it in the end when you put your hard work and soul into it. I also wrote about accomplishing goals and pushing through when things seem impossible.

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    • This is interesting because goals are a very important in everyones lives. Without goals there would be no progression. Everyone has something they want to achieve and thats a goal even if they don’t realize it.

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    • I think that the way you put your view was very well executed. I loved the way that you incorporated the quote into you entry, it brought a real foreshadowing to what the rest of your entry was going to encompass, Great work.

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    • Sometimes when I have a goal in mind that I want to achieve and I feel like it is going to be hard I just want to give up, but I always remind myself that in the end it is going to be worth it.

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    • I sympethize with some of the points you mad as one of my core beliefs is that hard work pays off. I think that it is important to put in extra time and effort to truly be successful as an individual.

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    • The points made about perseverance where amazing. I totally agree with the statements about hard work and how everyone has the right to do what makes them happy. Also the wording was amazingly done. Great Job!

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  52. Honestly, the thing that motivates me most in life is the idea of knowing that I am eventually going to die. Now I don’t mean “Hurray for death!”, because that’s just plain weird. What I mean is that I know I am going to eventually die, so I need to make the most of what I have before its gone. I’m not going to be around forever and in another 100 years or so, no one will even know I existed. I’ll simply be just another pile of bones six feet under the ground. My goal is to travel the world and see many different countries and cultures before I die, so I am going to travel the damn world. Sure, it costs money and maybe even a lot, but what’s the point of having unspent money in your bank account when you’re dead? You can’t use it then, so might as well spend it to do something that will make you happy while you have the chance. I hear these crazy stories on the news about young people dying all the time. Tragedies like dying in car accidents, murders, drug overdoses, etc. There was so much that they haven’t done and will never get the chance to do. It’s unfortunate, but can happen to anyone. I don’t want that to happen to me, so I live day by day trying to make each one better than the day before. That way when I do die, at least I can say, “Hey, it was a good run while it lasted.”

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    • I absolutely agree Noah Aragao! What a purculiar way of thinking, yet your personal philosophy shares so much veracity. Great job Noah Aragao!

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    • I completely agree, you only have one life so you might as well spend it doing what you love. You should always live your life to the fullest and like there is no tomorrow because you never know what could happen.

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  53. Lots of people view goals with different perspectives. Some people set goals because they’re told by their parents they must set these goals to strive for in life. Some people set goals because that’s what creates satisfaction for them to complete. For me personally I set goals in certain time frames. I set goals for both short,medium, and long term. This helps me stay organized and on track to always be striving towards a goal. Whenever I feel lost in life or feel like I don’t have direction I remind myself of the goals I set and continue to pursue them. That may not be the key for everyone because not everyone finds pleasure in completing self given goals. For me I find the joy in completing a task I set out to do or learn even if its something very simple. I think that’s a big key to find the joys in the little things in life because if you only look forward to completing the long term goals you’ll never get the feeling of satisfaction. It’s easy for me to get into a slump if im not setting any goals for myself. In my junior year in high school I was going to school during the day and working all night. I’d go home and go to bed and repeat the same thing the next day over and over again. I felt like a standstill in my life and fell a bit into a slump, lost track of what I really wanted to do in life. That’s when I really set goals and prioritize them. Not just setting any goal and forgetting about it. I would set goals that hold value to me personally and I would find joy in completing them. When I began to find the small joys in life that’s when I become a happier person.

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  54. Whenever I used to feel like I was not where I wanted to be in life I would try to avoid my problems by pretending they didn’t exist or sometimes putting them off as long as I possibly could but as I grew older I began to realize that this wasn’t a good way of confronting your issues. You are you’re own worst enemy and if you truly want something in life then the only thing holding you back is yourself, you can not expect change if you are not first willing to confront your problems and do something about them. The ability to succeed is only limited by your motivation to follow through with the goals that you have set for yourself. Some people avoid tackling their problems altogether because the fear of failure frightens them but the feeling of accomplishment that you get once you complete your goals only urges your to set even higher ones. I went into high school not sure what I wanted to do with my life and but I worked hard to improve my academic performance and thanks to the generosity of my family as well as my teachers for pushing me to succeed I received two scholarships and am going on to become a nurse practitioner and hope to make my family proud and to help others in need.
    Once I found my motivation to set goals to see the changes I wanted to see in my life I changed for the better.

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    • I agree with this completely especially the part about being your own enemy I can’t remember the number of times I failed because I held myself back. This reminds me of the African proverb “if there is no enemy within, the enemy out can do you no harm”

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    • I relate to and agree entirely with this point of view, nothing good can come from pretending a problem doesn’t exist. Finding something that makes you want to succeed can really make the trouble worth it. I agree with the sense of accomplishment that can be attained from achieving goals being inspiring and motivating to someone as well.

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    • I agree with you. Ignoring your issues is no way to face them, once you face them head on, you will become a stronger person and accomplish even your hardest goals.

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    • I completely agree with your statement. When you have a problem in life, you can’t ignore it and hope it goes away, you need to face the issue in order to resolve it. Sometimes the only person holding you back can be yourself.

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    • I am definitely my own enemy. the mind can play tricks on you and make you believe realities that aren’t there. personal expectations can be dangerous especially when you are unmotivated or depressed. in high school I was definitely not one to do my best until I understood where I was mentally. growth is slow but you can feel it every day. im glad you found your way.

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  55. The Truth Behind My American Dream
    To tell you the truth I didn’t grew up with both of my parents. In every movie I used to watch, there was always that happy family raising their kids. But in my case, my happy family was only my grandmother and me. I wasn’t lucky enough to be raised by both of my parents, but I was blessed to have somebody that did everything to make me happy and help me to be where I am today. Everything happened so fast; I couldn’t believe that one day I had to leave my grandmother’s side. It was heartbreaking because I was a little kid at that time. I thought I was being kidnapped by my father to be taken to the United States. But now everything makes sense: my dad brought me here to experience a better life. Now I understand the meaning of my American Dream. My mother had me at a young age, so it was hard for her to raise me. My grandmother took me in and raised me all by herself in the Dominican Republic. My mom met someone and moved away with him, but my dad didn’t want me to go with her because he thought it wouldn’t be safe. My grandmother, of course, was happy to step in and care for me. As I grew older , I started feeling so happy and loved, by her that I never expected that I was ever going to leave her. I remember when I was eight , she used to wake me up for school , make me milk and put my favorite show on. She used to ask me every morning ; Quieres que te haga tus dos colitas que te gustas” which meant do I want her to make my 2 favorite ponytails. Even though i felt ugly; for her i was the her little precious girl. I never knew what pain was until I saw my grandmother on the other side of a big wall with tears coming down her face. It was really hard for me to go through that change of life so quickly. When I arrived to NYC I kind of felt lost, though I was with my big brother and my step-mother. I never felt like I was home or even felt like I was welcomed in my step-mother’s apartment. Once I started school while I was living with her, i struggle with speaking english. It was so hard for me to be able to understand what people were telling or showing me. Before I left The Dominican Republic my grandmother told me “ You are going to face plenty of ups and downs , but never give up in your school. That will always make me proud; that you try your best in school”. Because of that small suggestion I made it as my main goal in life. Nothing is guaranteed in life but I have to guaranteed myself that I’m going to finish school and become a better version of myself. After all now that I’m older , now that I understand the purpose of my dream , now that I feel like I’m not drowning , I know what I want. I want to be able to make myself proud , I want to be able to help others and tell them that is going to be hard because I felt like I was walking in a dark tunnel were i couldn’t find the light. But one thing I recently learned was that at the end of the tunnel I could find the light. The light for me , means I did it , I finally achieve my main goal in life. I’m still in this dark tunnel & I’m not done walking or fighting yet. But I know for sure i will find the light at the end.

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  56. I believe that setting goals and chasing them fiercely, is the foundation to a successful life. Nobody has ever achieved something without intention, they set goals and don’t ever stop until they get there. Once they get there they set even bigger goals, because by the time they get there they are so used to the hustle that they can’t stop. In the same way, nobody has ever achieved anything by just spending their whole life without a desired destination. This is why it is important to have goals, they fuel your brain giving you the motivation to go after what you want. It is also important to never let yourself get stuck thinking that you will never be somebody in life, because you simply don’t know what you want. Having goals still applies to you, make a list of things you want to try and learn about until you find out what it is you want to do with your life, then go after it. Personally, I once was that person who wasn’t certain of what his true passions were. yet, I never stopped looking for what fascinated me. I was only more motivated to discover what it is that lit up that fire inside of me. After two years of trying many different things that caught my attention I fell in love with Robotics and Music Production. I still don’t know where my two passions are gonna take me, but I’m currently putting in a lot of work into music production and once freshman year start I will be working extra hard to get into the school of engineering. My ultimate goal has always been to be really successful and take care of my whole family who have struggled with me throughout my whole life. I know I will one day get there as long as I keep establishing bigger and bigger goals for myself. I will keep climbing up the success ladder until I’m at the top.

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    • I believe goals are essential for those who seek success. A dream without a plan is merely JUST that…. A dream. Anything you aspire to be or accomplish in life requires planning and action. I’m with Xavier 100% because I understand, as well as he does, that the drive of chasing after the goals you want in life creates success not only emotionally, but spiritually, financially, physically and mentally. I’m a firm believer that if you surround yourself with successful, ambitious people you too will become successful, but if you surround yourself with 5 negative, undriven people your bound to be the 6th. Success leaves clues, you just have to be willing to put in the work to get the results you’re looking for. That includes setting goals for yourself, maintaining a positive routine, surrounding yourself with people who are hungry for more in life, who will do whatever it takes to get to the top. It’s easier for human beings to think negatively than positively, that’s why only 5% of people are successful. I only have one question for you, are you part of that 5% or are you the 95%?

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  57. I believe that having goals is extremely important. It is important to know where you want to go. Of course I’ve always believed that when you want something, you might change your mind as to where you want to be headed when you’re on your way to that goal you have. It is okay to change your mind. You should always have a goal in your mind because it will serve as a guide and it will let you set challenges to yourself. It is important to put no limits on yourself. Sometimes when you think you can’t do something if you set a goal and it’s a little bit higher than what you think you’re capable of then you can prove yourself wrong. Know that there is always much more beyond what you believe and that you are capable of more than you or others think of if you put your mind and heart to it. For those reasons I think that having goals is important. You are capable of much more than you think.

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    • I agree having goals for yourself is extremely important, they give you a reason to keep working harder and pushing yourself. Even if you change your mind along the way this does not mean you have failed the goal it just means it is time to set new goals for yourself.

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  58. I believe that we all have the potential to do what we set our minds to. Whether it is easy or difficult, whether you are black or white old or young. I believe that we each have a destined victory that can be accomplished using our unique intelligence. I believe that we should be able to strive to receive nothing but the best; Even if it takes your all. I personally perform every task making sure that it is my best work regardless of what it is. I believe that each and every person with a purpose should attempt at doing anything that can require hard work but in the end pays off because that’s how you become bigger and better. With that being said, I believe that not everything is going to be easy and simple to do which means we should have the ability to step out of our comfort zone and work harder to get what we want. Of course i get it , we might have our off days and the days where we’ve just had enough or the hard days where something is pushing you down.Try your best to never end a day without achieving each and every goal you set your mind to because you should always have a clear vision of each and every goal you would like to accomplish in life, accomplishment drives ambition, ambition drives success and success doesn’t come from what you do frequently. It comes from what you do repeatedly.

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    • You are absolutely right. I’m sorry to break it to everyone, but this world is not fair and most definitely not easy. Everything you want, work hard to achieve. Never settle, or you’ll be left disappointed and wishing that you went the extra mile for your end goal. As long as you pursue with determination, all that’s left is to believe. Don’t give up friends!

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  59. I remember watching the movie “Play it Forward” in my early teens and for a long time I kept asking myself that question “What can I do to change the world?”. Two years ago, I found a food pantry in my neighborhood where I decided to volunteer to complete a school requirement. I used to go there with a friend, then he stopped going but I kept going regularly even when I had filled my school requirement. As I would go there every time, I realized how much I loved what I was doing and I decided to keep doing it. Everyday I am there serving, I realize how much I am passionate about serving my community and helping people in need in a way that I can. Serving at the food pantry helped me discover several things about myself while making a positive impact in my community.
    For a few months now, I have had a dream which is to create a non-profit organization that will help people in my community and hopefully maybe all around the country and the world by providing food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education, etc. I personally come from a country where a countless number of children lack food, shelter, education, clothing and even die of hunger so I want to use the skills that I have learned and my experience at the food pantry to change the world in my way. I do not know how big of an organization it will be or what it will exactly do but it is a dream that I have had for quite some time now and hopefully it will turn into reality in the future.

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    • I have volunteered a few times during my high school year. It’s a nice thing to do for yourself and also for others! Very inspiring idea changing others people lives! I hope it will shift into reality!

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  60. I believe in 60 seconds of braveness. I think that the majority of people like to stay in their comfort zone; a safe place where everything is normal and secure. It takes courage and practice to step out of your comfort zone and try new things. When you push yourself to do something, by the end you feel accomplished and empowered. It’s scary at first but the end result is so rewarding. When faced with a steep mountain to climb you just have to take a deep breath and say, “I will”.
    Growing up, I was always very cautious and hesitant to explore the unknown. I was born with a speech impediment that I could never really get rid of. Not being able to communicate with people the way I wanted to lead to me avoiding situations where I would have to put myself out there and speak to a lot of people. I made a habit of not putting myself out there, which became my comfort zone, and I rarely left it.
    My plan was working until my senior year where my AP English teacher created an assignment that was equal to my worst nightmare. We were instructed to write a poem that would last about 60 seconds and then we would perform it at a poetry event. I debated whether I should do it or not, every part of me was telling me not to do it. In the end, I decided to go through with it because I knew that it would be worth it. I got up on the stage and read my poem, it was the scariest 60 seconds of my life, but by the end I felt so accomplished and it made me realize that I am so much more than my comfort zone. This experience allowed me to try new things and also helped me feel more comfortable talking to people. I still think having a comfort zone can be a good thing, it’s good to know your boundaries, but I learned that sometimes all you need is 60 seconds of braveness and to just take a deep breath and say, “I will”.

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  61. I believe in many things. Life without belief is meaningless. One of the main beliefs that I have and always will have is if you put your mind to your goals you can accomplish anything. This mindset is what you need to have if you want to be successful. Not only do I want to be successful for myself, but I also want to be successful for my family.
    My family is my motivation towards all my actions. If it wasn’t for their belief in me, I wouldn’t be where I am today. That is why I want to be successful in their eyes as well. Therefore, my belief of putting my mind to my goals is so important. I never let anything be handed to me. I don’t just sit back and let things come. I make things happen with my work ethic. If I want something I will work for it and keep that belief that I will be getting everything that is coming to me. If I didn’t have this belief I would be doing nothing. I want to be know for working hard and for achieving my goals myself as much as possible.
    By keeping my mindset clear and focused, I can achieve so much in life, as long as I tell myself that. Belief in yourself and your ability in a significance need for everyone. I feel sorry for those who don’t have that because they won’t accomplish anything. This is why I will never quit and never settle until I accomplish my goals. After I accomplish my goal, it is on to the next one.

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  62. After my father walked out on my family, we were all left to figure life out on our own. My mother worried about how she would pay for the bills, my siblings were angered, and I refused to allow this to negatively impact my life. So as the days went on and I was beginning my year as a high school freshman, I knew I had to add a purpose to my life. I then decided to join Taunton High School’s AFJROTC program. JROTC has taught me more than just service and discipline but the key aspects of the class; integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do. Joining the JROTC has made me a better person and has taught me the importance of dedication. I believe we all go through certain hardships to learn and grow from it. Something so bad, that should have broke me down as a person, just made me stronger and motivated me to do and be better. My JROTC family was a blessing in disguise and i’m so grateful for not only the cadets, but also the instructors.

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  63. I believe in self love. I don’t mean that I should only love myself and nobody else, I mean that self love is the most important thing you can do as a human being. During my 18 years of living I have always had trouble with my mental state of mind. I had amazing friends, amazing parents and a great life. However, that didn’t mean I was always happy and doing well. I never took care of myself and did what I need to do to live a happy life. I was so focused on making everyone else in my life happy but myself because I thought if I’m making everyone else happy then that’s all that matters. I never took time to see if I’m doing okay or if I need a day to treat myself for once. That affected my mental state a lot in high school but then I realized one day that I should put myself first. How can anyone love you or care for you if you don’t even care about yourself? I started to take time for myself and think what makes me happy and I did it. I started working out every day because I hated how I looked, started eating better, and taking time out of my day for just myself. It does not work like magic, it takes time to love yourself and learn about yourself. I am currently still trying to love myself completely and that’s okay. Everything good takes time and effort. I believe everyone should learn to love themselves and it will make life an amazing journey.

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  64. I believe in order to accomplish your goals you need to put your best effort into everything you do and to do it with passion. Sometimes the passion comes very easily and you can complete your task quickly and have fun with it, while, other times you might really hate the task and just the thought of it annoys you. The lack of passion for the task means you may put less effort into it and not do your very best work. This kind of thinking is not useful and nothing unique will come out of what your doing, not to mention, it would be a total waste of your time and energy. On the contrary, I try to put a different perspective on things and see them in new ways, helping to create a new motivation for myself. There are enough average things in life these days, don’t let something you’ve created come out as simply average or good enough. It is even more important to find a specific thing that you can call your passion in life. This is the thing that’s going to get you out of bed in the morning and get you motivated for the day. It could be anything from drawing, hiking, playing your favorite video game, or whatever it is that you enjoy most in life, go out and find it. Passions are built over time and need to be sought out by putting your best effort forward and always trying new things. You could discover your passion in something you haven’t even tried yet. Finding your passion and doing what you enjoy most in life; be it a job, a hobby or a favorite pass-time, will give you a great sense of satisfaction, accomplishment and sense of peace at the end of each day.

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  65. Creating a goal to achieve is an awesome thing to do. Doesn’t matter what the goal is or how big or how small it is as long as you get to the end and achieve it, you will be left feeling good. Having a goal to achieve isn’t for everyone though. Some people create goals that aren’t possible or are out of this world and end up having a hard time achieving it. Having a goal could be good and bad depending on the person. When creating the goal you have to make it realistic and not something that’s impossible because if you don’t achieve it, it could bother some people. I had a goal of building my car to something I would like and another goal of graduating high school; and i have already achieved both. Now that I am in college I have to make new goals to want to achieve. The most important thing about achieving a goal is being motivated to want to get it done. If you aren’t motivated to want to achieve a goal then why make them. To have a goal is to put everything you have and are willing to give to want to achieve it not does giving half the effort but going the extra mile to get to the finish.

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  66. There are many people that wonder if making goals for yourself is important and question if they will benefit from making these goals. We make goals every day and not even realize it, for example it could be just as simple as completing all the tasks you need to do by the end of your work shift. Making small goals for yourself is an everyday thing you do. Setting bigger goals is also important and can help reduce stress and enhance health benefits. Many people who set goals struggle with trying to reach them. It’s important to set goals that are reachable and not impossible for yourself in order to not stress and let yourself down. Once you have a set goal making a step by step list on how you are going to achieve that goal is very important and can be helpful. When finally reaching a goal, it’s an amazing feeling of accomplishment and success. It will make you want to set even bigger goals and you will reach for the stars in order to achieve them. So why set goals? Well one reason to set them is it keeps you motivated through hard times and can be helpful to keep you moving forward. Not looking back on the past and moving forward day by day will help you achieve your goals. Making and achieving goals can help you solve problems in future situations and can help in being focused when we are overwhelmed with decisions to make. Having big and small goals is important thing to do within life in order to keep your happiness and sense of confidence and direction going.

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  67. It is easy to set goals but to actually complete them is a whole different story. About a year ago I decided I wanted to learn how to drive. I was super excited and was ready to learn, however I quickly realized that it required a lot of patience and determination. I signed up for drivers ed and began going there regularly. After I had completed drivers ed I had to start with the actual driving lessons and to do that you have to have a permit which requires you to pass a test. So I went to the RMV to take the test, I quickly failed the test and was very discouraged. I then went on to study for the test, I waited about 6 months before I went back to take the test, sadly I didn’t pass it the 2nd time. At this point I had given up on the fact that I would ever be able to drive. I let about another 6 months pass, at that point I realized that this was ridiculous. One day I decided I wanted to give it one last try and I even got my younger sister to help me study for the test. I finally passed the permit test and I was on my way to getting the license. I quickly completed all of the driving lessons and was eager to go on the final road test. I was very nervous the day of the test and the girl that was taking the test with me was no help. She kept telling me how nervous she was and that if she failed her parents would kill her. After I had completed the test the examiner didn’t say anything, he just signed a piece of paper and handed it to me. At that point I thought I had failed, but after close examination of the paper I had successfully completed the road test. I was so happy at that point and couldn’t believe it. I had come a long way since the beginning and I now had what I thought was impossible.

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  68. For me, it was very difficult to figure out what I wanted to do. Throughout high school I felt as though they were just giving us a multitude of personality and career tests where I wasn’t content with the future that would result from the outcome, but I didn’t know what I wanted or where to start. I didn’t know what to do, but luckily, I realized where this was leading me and I recently decided to start setting long term goals. For most of my life I had only set short term goals just to get through to the next problem that arises. If I kept up this mindset I would not have found what I wanted to do and I would definitely not be even close to being able to succeed in the field. I have found that during the short period of time where I have set long term goals there have been positive changes to my life. Apart from being happier, I have felt more motivated to succeed and to learn what I plan to do. Another positive is that I can actually envision a future for myself and the steps that I need to reach that future, whereas before I was just moving from one thing to the next not knowing what I was going to do or what I even wanted, for example, a year from now. Setting long term goals allowed me to figure out what I could enjoy for a career and how to get there. I believe in setting long term goals.

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  69. I believe in success, because success leaves clues. I believe that when you begin to understand what you want that is when you start to make lifestyle changes to obtain the success you want. But you can’t follow those who haven’t been successful, who haven’t had the success you want for yourself. When you look at yourself in the mirror, what do you see? Where do you want to be 5 years from now? What about even in a year from now? How do you plan to get there? I believe success is already in you, but it just has to be awaken. You have to change the habits you have that haven’t brought you positive results. It all starts in the mind. When you start to think like you’re already successful, you becomes successful long term. If you hang around five bums, guess who’s the sixth. I believe that when you start to think like successful people and choose successful people as your leaders, their mindset will rub off on you and who they are as a person will inspire you. We walk around and talk about being successful and we essentially know more or less what to do to get there but do we do it? Maybe we try, trying isn’t enough anymore. You have to go full force and actually go into something with the mindset of a winner. I believe that when a person is hungry for more, all that’s left is their effort to awaken the success their destined to have.

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  70. Setting up life goals gives me a long-term investment that I look forward to accomplishing. It also gives me the confidence I need to achieve higher and more prestigious goals. Also setting goals that can constantly be repeated and achieved, I feel as though I work harder to achieve my goals. For example some days I set a goal of walking a certain distance or a small goal of getting a paper turned in early. I have set many goals for myself, one of the most important ones being graduating college and succeeding in life.
    Education is one of the most important aspect to succeeding in life. Without some kind of education, it is hard to achieve the basic skills, and even harder for more profound professions, needed in the world. This brings me to my next goal, which is to graduate college. I would like to go from a learning student to a working professional. In order to give myself and my family the best in life I am going to have to finish college and start my profession so I will have the money to support them and set a good example as well.

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  71. A major belief I have in my own life is the power of one’s own ability to motivate. This can be seen in the motivation of others or motivating yourself. The part of my life where I felt this the most was during my freshman year of high school.
    In my high school, Blackstone Valley, this is a vocational high school that offers technical training in various trades. I knew right away that I was interested in their Multimedia Communication program which educated in animation, graphic design, photography, and illustration. However, once accepted we still need to go through a 1 week exploratory process where we would spend a week in a certain trade or shop class and explore what they learned. Then each student is graded based on how well they did, this grade would be used to determine who got into what shop.
    That one week was incredibly frustrating for me. I remember spending every moment worried and desperately willing time to go faster. When the day finally came, I waited impatiently in my seat for the teacher to pass out the letters. Ripping the envelope open, I unfolded the letter with my expectations high. Instead I was met with pure disappointment. Despite having an almost perfect exploratory grade I still didn’t qualify for the multimedia program. I didn’t qualify. I had failed to reach my goal.
    This time in my life was extremely difficult for me. I only thought about all the hard work I did just get into this high school only to fail at getting the trade I wanted. Being as young as I was, I didn’t realize how obsessing over this setback would negatively affect my self-esteem and affect me mentally.
    Once I was in my junior year I made a promise to myself. That no matter what, I was going to make this work. I was going to make a successful career as an artist. I was not going to let this one setback ruin my drive to pursue my passion. I joined my school’s art club, took A.P. classes, began taking outside art classes and researched various art schools. Because I was able to motivate myself as an artist I was able to reach other goals even greater than before. I accomplished a lot once I discovered that I was the only one who was going to accomplish what I wanted and in order to do that I was going to have to motivate myself.

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    • I think that this is an amazing story and I am glad that you worked so hard to obtain your goals. Sometimes in life we do not meet our own expectations, but as you have learned you cannot let those feelings of disappointment stop you from ultimately achieving your goals. In life we may not take failure, and no one wants to fail, but as we fail, we learn, we grow, and we better our selves as people. This was a great post and I am glad that you took the time to share your story!

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  72. I care about the deeper meanings of life. I care about not following the status quo and listening to other people give me advice on where I’m supposed to be. Because I know in my head that I’m supposed to be better than the average joe, the best in fact. But I’m not arrogant, I just have the mindset of someone who knows they deserve better. I’m a comedian so I care about making people laugh and getting people through the hardships of life. And it’s not like I don’t have problems but I know that waking up everyday is a blessing itself. I care about working to achieve my goal because literally the sky is the limit as long as your focus is in the right place. I care about not letting others tell me how to live my life because I know exactly what I’m doing. I care about not settling for a regular job and waking up everyday just to dread a 9 to 5 shift that I hate. Why is that America’s mindset? Where your supposed to struggle and be in large amount of debts and work hard for the next 30 years just so you can work your way up to management at a job you didn’t even like. Well that’s not me. I might fail doing what I love but I’d rather be a successful failure then a miserable person who’s successful. And that might be stupid so I guess you can call me an idiot. I care about making my dad proud as well and showing him that what I’m trying to do in my path will be a good thing and he won’t regret it. I care about making sure that my family is eating good and they will never have to worry about anything ever again. I wanna buy my mom the most expensive car and my little sister a pony before I’m 25. I want to pave the way for other artist who are afraid to go after what they truly want because of someone telling them they can’t or them telling themselves that. And people might read this and think this is ridiculous but I couldn’t care less. God gave me a brain where I know I’m worth more than people try to label me as, and as long as I keep my faith and stay on the right track, I can turn my dream into a reality.

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  73. I believe that setting goals is the drive many people lack in their lives. Without goals, what is there to work towards? Even if a goal is so achievable and not realistic, it still leads a person towards it and gives them something to push for. While some may look at this and think it might just lead to failure, personally that possible failure leads to more want for success. One goal fails, another on is made. If something is wanted bad enough, the hard work will be put in and that goal will be obtained. Knowing your true self and what is best for you is the only way this will work. If failure only sets you back then know what goals are achievable and what ones aren’t. For me pushing and working for what I want only make that success that much better. It shows me that my hard work paid off and that something that seemed impossible before is now reality. Setting my goals high helps me drive toward what I want and not settle for less. Defeat is not something that many should be okay with. No goal is unattainable and no one should let anyone, or anything get in the way of their success

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  74. When I think of Having goals is what has been able to drive me to accomplish what I have wanted thus far. Some of the values that it is always better to have ambition then to simply have dreams. While dreams help you think about what you want to do next your ambition is what makes you take that step to go accomplish what you set out. I had the dream of wanting to win the title for my ball team this year. But my ambition is what made me put all those hours in the gym and work on my game. By setting goals for myself so that i could pace myself and and use my ambition as my fuel to power myself in order to make my dreams come true. I feel like the many goals that I have set for myself whether it be community service, good grades or reminding myself to help others have set the foundation for who I am today. Personally without setting goals I would not be able to regulate myself on a day to day basis to ensure that I am always keeping track with myself in order to accomplish whatever I need to. The best thing about having goals in that it in itself is encouragement for yourself to keep working harder and trying your best since you know that you have a objective to reach. I have set goals daily goals such as trying to work out today or yearly goals of trying to maintain a certain gpa or learn a new skill such as driving. The various goals and tasks that I have set upon myself are what have made me into the person that I am today.

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  75. It’s Not What You Have, It’s What You’ve Earned

    Wrenches, hammers, and saws. Blood, sawdust, and grease. Sunrise, eight hours, and sleep. Every day one should earn something. Every day is an opportunity, and it is the one opportunity everyone is given equally. Although I personally have been granted opportunities that many around the world will never have, I do my best to earn more. One should never be idle.
    Being busy is different than being purposely active. Being busy is the opposite of being idle, but it doesn’t carry the same significance and certainly doesn’t help as much as living with purpose. Many people are busy. Few have realized dreams that they think about and work hard for every day, painstakingly planning their days with that intent in mind. Whether it may be success in work, school, or otherwise; to buy a dream house or car; or just to achieve one day at a time, intent and purpose are the backbone to success.
    This purpose often includes hard, hard work; an unpopular aspect to this lifestyle. However, where hard work ends idle begins, and this is where one can find those who bask in what they have, rather than what they have earned. This is the difference between the successful and the rich, the mighty and the weak, the sheep from the sheepdogs. There those who never wish to expand. My advice to you is to never be one of those. Go out and achieve something every single day. Go out and make one step towards your goal, whatever it may be. This hard work, this determination, and this purpose and intent in your life is what will bring you to success. I believe hard work, earning, and yearning are essential to day to day life.

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  76. As high school students our daily schedule was probably all over the place. Our time-management skills were most likely flawed. And, our schools would purchase agendas when most students don’t even lay a pencil on them. Short and long term goals were understood but rarely utilized properly. My average weekend without reasonable goals might have been like this: take a long nap after coming home from school on Friday; take an “off day” on Saturday to get away from the distractions; And make reservations to watch the big game on Sunday. Only to spare the last portion of the evening to notice the homework from all six classes. While this may resonate with many students, others may be systematically working their jobs to truly consider their goals. On the other hand, the historic Benjamin Franklin, also known for his productivity skills, updated his progress towards short and long term goals daily, resulting in efficiency that drove his vast accomplishments. His words, “lost time may never be found again”, not only motivated him towards goal setting, but to be dynamic with every single task. As I will venture through my college career, I want to increase my productivity to be the most successful I can be. Time management will never be a more integral part of my life. Now is the time to imagine myself in 1 day, 1 week, 1 year, 10 years in the future. Whether it’s a simple task, a distant goal, a farfetched dream, we can all improve our chances with the correct attitude and motives just like Ben Franklin did.

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  77. Smartphones are an amazing piece of technology that has made life so much easier for many. Yet, I have taken that piece of technology and abused it. Also, I believe that there are many people out there that are doing the same. The average person spends ninety minutes a day on their phone, and while that number may seem small it adds up to about 3.9 years of an average person’s lifespan. I personally know that I spend more than ninety minutes a day on my phone and that scares me. I would not even want to think about me spending three whole years of my life using a phone. As a result, I want to set a goal for myself which is to spend less than my hour on my phone a day. Most of the time when I am on my phone I am on Youtube, Snapchat, Instagram, and more apps like these. When using these apps I find myself watching other people live life and I am tired of watching. I want to do things with my life and I want to interact with more people. Furthermore, I am a very shy person and most of the time when I do not want to talk to someone I will hide on my phone. For this reason, I am done hiding on my phone, and I am going to now talk to more people and live life the way I want to live it not on my phone. I do not want to spend years on my phone.I want to spend years with the people I care about.

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  78. One of the few well-known sayings I strongly agree with and actively live by states: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” It was said by former ice hockey player, Wayne Gretzky, and also referenced in “The Office.” Essentially, it states that you can’t accomplish anything if you don’t attempt to. Seems pretty logical at first, but there are so many people out there, especially young students such as ourselves, who fear potential failure far more than potential success. Students like us don’t often run into life-or-death situations, so by that logic, what do we have to lose? I’ve taken many risks during my last year of high school. The one I’m most happy about was auditioning for a lead part in my school’s theater production. I strongly hesitated at first because I didn’t believe I’d get the part. Ironically, I didn’t. I did not receive the role I wanted, but, I was given a smaller part that the director believed better suited me (and I’m very glad because it was far more fun). I don’t care that I didn’t get the part I originally wanted because I wouldn’t have gotten any part at all if I hadn’t auditioned. I don’t like using personal examples in essays like these, and I know not everyone can relate, but it’s true that we all occasionally let our fear of failure stop us from accomplishing things. As incoming freshmen, this is our opportunity to truly discover ourselves and what we are capable of doing. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu.

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  79. “Naturally, most of us would like to die a peaceful death, but it is also clear that we cannot hope to die peacefully if our lives have been full of violence, or if our minds have mostly been agitated by emotions like anger, attachment, or fear. So if we wish to die well, we must learn how to live well: Hoping for a peaceful death, we must cultivate in our mind, and in our way of life.”

    Many times when people talk about their goals in life, the common answers are, “I just want to be financially stable”, “I want to be rich”, “I want this type of home in this place”, or “I wanna travel the world”. Now don’t get me wrong, I definitely want this for myself as well but throughout my life a huge thing for me has been my peace and my forgiveness. After reading this a couple years ago it has been something I work on as life goes on and as situations arise for me. This is a major goal for me, that I have to work on throughout my entire life, I want to die in peace. When I pass I don’t want to have passed with anger in me, without forgiving those who have wronged me, or even with fear of my own death. Part of this has to do with the fact that I believe in an afterlife and coming back as either somebody else or something else, so if I die with any of type of anger in me, it will affect who and what I become in another life. Now by one of my goals being to die in peace, when situations of stress and anger or even sadness occur in my life I learn to deal with them in that moment. I put my inner peace and tranquility before anything and everything because let’s be honest, whos going to care or look out for my mental health more than me?

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  80. Do you think it’s healthy to wake up everyday without a goal in mind? It could be something as simple as brushing your teeth, and it could most definitely be something as complex as becoming a millionaire a said amount of years. I believe everyone should have something they want to achieve, whether it is mandatory or not. Everyone should have something to achieve whether they want to do it or not. I for example had absolutely no interest in writing this blog, but I looked forward to finishing it today. Ever since I was young, I was always given a task. I consider myself to be a really busy person because I always have something I want to achieve.

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  81. Goals are what keep me going throughout my day. Smalls goals and big goals are what keep life interesting. My biggest goal in life is to become a veterinary surgeon, my most important goal at this point is to be the best student that I can be at UMassD. Goals are what make me strive to be a better person with each and every day. As someone who wants to be a veterinary surgeon, I must work my way through years of schooling for it and the first goal I have is to make it through the first semester here at UMassD to get my prerequisite classes out of the way. The reason I am doing this is because I was waitlisted at UMass Amherst for the pre-veterinary. When I first discovered this, I decided I would go to Mount Ida College instead, but later I found out that UMass Amherst bought Mount Ida College’s Campus. But my saving graces was when UMassD waived my application fee and then proceeded to accept me for their fall semester while I wait to hear from UMass Amherst about being accepted in their spring semester. Goals are what keep people moving through life, in my opinion. Everyone at UMassD has a different goal for themselves, whether it be a goal like mine or a goal to graduate from here. No matter who you are or where you come from, you have many goals, some of which you may share with other people. This is what gives life its splendor and beauty, coming somewhere like this and meeting someone you otherwise never would have. Learning so much about their goals and realizing that we as people are not so different and together, our one goal in life as a species should be to love each other for our similarities and appreciate each other for our differences.

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  82. Throughout the years, we pushed through whatever we were going through to do what was expected of us and still got told it wasn’t enough. We were recognized for everything we didn’t do than all the things we were working so hard on doing. We were told to act like adults but got treated like children instead. Some adults think we are just dumb, naive teenagers that make reckless decisions, which is true sometimes, but a lot of us work hard because we want to be better. We all have to fail sometimes in life to learn how we can improve further down the road. We wished adults tried to understand us more and remember how hard things were for them when they were our age. My senior year of high school I read a very heart-warming and inspiring book called The “Little Prince”. In the book, the author Antoine De Saint-Exupery writes, “Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is exhausting for children to have to provide explanations over and over again.” As a kid, you’re constantly told what is wrong and what is right but eventually I learned adults don’t always know what they are talking about. I realized I had to figure things out for myself and that I was the only one who could change things if I wanted to have a better, positive future. Some of the most important things I learned were that my depression and anxiety didn’t define me and that it was okay to accept help and that the things wrong with my brain didn’t define who I was as a person. I learned to tell my parents how much I appreciate them more often and to call and video chat my grandparents more because I know they won’t be around forever. I learned this the hard way when I lost my grandmother to cancer from one summer to the next. This loss also taught me how sometimes you have to be strong for your loved ones even when everything feels like it’s falling apart and be there for them during painful times. I also learned that if you want something in life, you have to push through whatever obstacles come your way and do it. For example, my sophomore year depression kept me from leaving my bed, talking to anyone, and enjoying anything anymore. Life started to feel unbearable and pointless. I ended up missing a bunch of school and was really close to failing because of my absences. However, I worked hard on my assignments at home and still ended up passing that year with good grades. To be realistic, no one really knows what they’re doing, but at least we’re trying to do something and that should be enough, even if we do a lot of the wrong things along the way. There’s no instruction manual in life to tell you how to succeed, all we can really do is chase after what makes us the happiest and that will be our greatest success.

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  83. Never before had I ever imagined as a middle schooler or young high schooler that I would enjoy a career in adulthood. I was lost in a purgatory of uncertainty whenever thoughts about my future crossed my mind in freshman year. My fate was thought to be a miserable job within the confines of a cubicle or behind the grill of an autonomous fast food restaurant. However, that bleak notion of mine altered after my junior year photography class. As a way to gain a required art credit, photography was chosen. My intentions for the first level photography class drastically evolved from a simple required annoyance to a full fledged hobby. Every press of the shutter resulted in a beautiful aftermath. Though my technique was that of a novice, a pure sense of satisfaction engrossed me with every photo taken. The conclusion of the first level class left me yearning for more, which resulted in the continuation of this hobby throughout my student career. There are plenty of other students that experience the same uncertainty of the future that I once encountered. I truly believe that students should try any kind of class or activity that remotely intrigues them if they are enveloped in such uncertainty. Photography turned out to be a happy accident, and now that I have a true goal to strive for, I have a reason to improve myself. My previous thoughts of a bleak future filled with uncertainty, has completely diverged into a vivid aspiration of photography.

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    • I can completely understand that feeling of being lost when thinking about the future and future career choices. I’ve had that feeling many other things and I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s had these feelings!

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  84. To say it straight forward, I have a goal of playing music for people. but to get this back to where it originates, I’d have to be at least four or five. All I remember is standing in front of a TV at my dads playing air guitar to a Stevie Ray Vaughn video and later to AC/DC. From that day my love of music blossomed. I never really knew what I wanted to do with music but I knew that I had to be in the music industry. But when I first joined my middle school’s band, that’s when I knew I wanted to play music as a living. Around my freshman year I got a bass guitar and I couldn’t put it down. I played that bass for so long everyday to the point where I had blisters on top of other blisters. The blisters hurt but the feeling I got while playing music just felt right. A year later I got a guitar and I effectively learnt my favorite songs. To this day I’m still playing guitar daily and always trying to improve my playing skills and learn more about how to play more than what to play. Once I come out of my shell more I hope to start a band, as well as conquer my stage fright so I can hopefully influence people of the future just as my idols such as Layne Staley (Alice In Chains), Chris Cornell (Soundgarden), Stevie Ray Vaughn, and countless other musicians.

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  85. One opportunity that I believe in for America’s youth is free college education. In today’s age, paying for a college education is the greatest obstacle when trying to achieve the American Dream. Everyone has the same aspirations to be successful by obtaining their college degrees, however, the cost of a college education has increasingly risen making it difficult for families to apply or even pay tuition. Recently, I read an article from a British professor that depicts the British University system as “publicly funded” meaning public university is free. This gives equal opportunities for individuals to apply because nobody is apprehensive to apply due to the demanding fees. I believe that paying for college education in America is a constant cycle of debt because you’re constantly borrowing and at the end of college, you owe student loans. Whereas in Britain, they’re spending less money for the same education that we get in the United States. Achieving the American Dream is pursuing and completing a college education, which in the United States is way too expensive. The process of obtaining financial resources for college is flawed in many ways. One way the system is flawed, has to do with the FAFSA process and what it requires from potential students and their families. Legislators need to change how FAFSA determines how much money a potential student receives. One more way the system is flawed, is the government should be offering free state college education to those who want to further their education.

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  86. In order to explain to you the sanctity of my temple to education, I must explain to you this:
    Sixty years ago, my great grandmother came to America, beginning a long line of American descendants.
    As an immigrant woman in the fifties, her chances of success were nonexistent: she worked, and she worked, and she worked, and just barely did she manage to feed her children. Even so, with a child on each hip, she went on to get her GED. To this day, it is her proudest accomplishment.
    Her chances of escaping the Ghetto and the Projects were nonexistent, at the time… Three generations later, however, neither her six children nor their twenty children nor their twelve children (and counting) have after her. 
    There is only one exception: at the age of fourteen, my great-aunt was indoctrinated into New Bedford Public School’s first ever college-preparatory program. She went on to attend University, and then Nursing School, where she got a degree in psychology and thrived as nurse at St. Luke’s.
    Today, she has retired, owning three houses and supporting her mother, brother, and niece single-handed, taking fabulous vacations to Europe all throughout it.
    To this day, she is the only college graduate in the entirety of my family… I intend to change that, not just for me, but for my brothers as well. Until I do, I cannot stop. For them, I will not stop, not until I cross that stage with a diploma in hand.

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  87. I believe that most people hold a belief that things like status and education is what hold you up to fight in our modern world for what is rightfully ours. Just a little while ago, we were all fighting for our space in many different colleges by keeping our grades up, writing essays, and spending millions of dollars in student loans. Though, we all fight for one goal, collectively, and that goal is to finally reach happiness. Whether if that comes in the form of creating your own career, making a substantial sum of money, or making a family of your own. We all want to look at ourselves as being proud and non-wavering, as well as allow others of future generations to look upon us fondly, no matter the size of the number who do. In order to allow everyone to have their dreams , I believe that not only do we need to make luxuries (such as education) easier to obtain, but we also need to allow the younger generations to believe that not everything is impossible. We have all been told to follow a major that can allow us a sustainable income when we grow older, commonly discouraging people who might want to go into niche majors (such as the arts). We even all know people who had lost their love for learning long ago in high school, being discouraged by their grades or lack of enjoyment that comes with the classes. In order to make dreams come true an to allow goals to be reached, you must have a will to fight for what you want ass well as work hard to it. Not only is our system flawed financially, but also corrupt with the knowledge of past generations who had only known how to live their lives, but not how to live for themselves. With more generations allowing themselves to believe that the impossible can be done with hard work and integrity, who knows what we could create!

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    • I can feel the message your spreading. As time progresses and generations pass, more people are valuing and continuing education than ever before. They along with many others believe in the impossible. But I think as a society we can better support everyone reaching their distinct goals.

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  88. Have you ever heard your parents say make sure you follow your dreams? My parents had me during the peak of their lives. My dad was getting ready to become an electrician and my mom was getting ready to go to culinary school. When they found out that they were having me their plans were put on hold on to raise me. My parents were worried about raising in Haiti because they had such a hard life there.
    I was born 4 months early with a lot of complications. Doctors told my parents they should put me to rest because the medial costs would be extremely high and the doctors did not believe that I would survive. But my parents refused to listen to the doctors and both went out to get basic jobs so they could provide for me. A year later, my parents and I immigrated to the United States, the land of opportunity, for a better life. When we arrived they got right to work but at times we needed the help of government assistance to get by. I made the promise to my parents that I will always follow my dreams no matter what obstacles I face. Today, I am the first person in my family to go to college. Then, in four years I will be the first nurse in my family.
    My parents gave up their dreams so I could have a better life. Which is why I value following my dreams because no matter what I do in life I wanna make sure I am happy. There is no point in doing something that does not satisfy you. We have on life to live so I plan to live this life the way I want too.

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  89. I have so many goals in my life. Some of my goals are being successful in life, having a career that I want. Having a nice family, living wealthy and get to travel the world. And also to help others and to be able to that I must achieve one of my biggest goals to become an engineer. I wish to become an engineer in Boston and help people in need through my services. I would like to come up with solutions to problems that have yet to be solved in my community. In the city of Boston, there are so many things that need to be improved and as an engineer, I will be in a position to make changes. People in Boston loves using the public transportation to get around, to work, school and so on and I feel that the system needs to be improved. As an engineer, I feel I could work on such a project. Being an engineer will allow me to live an independent life as well as be in a position to help my family here and in Cape Verde. Another goal of mine is to go back home to Cape Verde and design homes for people who are still living in older, shack type houses. I know that many people and families in Cape Verde lack resources, I hope to be able to use my skills and abilities to design new communities for various parts of Cape Verde.

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  90. The statement, “be happy with what you have” has always perplexed me. Not because I believe that one can never have enough, but that the phrase often implies that someone should stay content and stationary wherever they are. To me, I have a firm belief that anything can be improved or achieved and that it is up to the individual to decide what that goal should be to them. Due to this, I do not think that anyone has the right to limit any aspirations, goals, or visions set by another, unless of course it hurts themselves and others in the process. Personally, I grew up a child of two first generation immigrants, and as I kept aging our family’s living area, profession, problems, capacity for a new language, goals, kept changing or growing rapidly. In the process of this, many tiresome nights, worry, or obstacles arose that we had to hurdle over inviting doubt and criticism from those close and far. Now that I move forward towards the beginning of a new chapter within my life I find myself in a similar situation, where I seek my own form of self-improvement through the accumulation of small and large goals that I will set for myself. To me, regardless of background, I fully believe that everyone wishes to improve some aspect of life; surrounding or personal. It is because of this that I see importance in setting goals and creating one’s own improvements, as well as respecting those of others.

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  91. Without goals you cannot succeed. If you have no idea what it is that you want to do then you cannot expect to do it well. In order for an individual to become truly successful then at some point in their life they envisioned themselves one day doing so. In other words if you don’t know where you’re going then you will not get there. Goals are something that have always been very important to me because they help me stay on track. I find that if I have not predetermined some sort of direction or starting point in any endeavor, that it will result in a less efficient journey to success in almost every case. Furthermore goals can be looked at as something that can mark your progress in whatever you are doing as you reach them. Whenever I set goals for myself it pushes me to complete them and move on to whatever the next step is. Often times I find the most productive thing that I can do to push myself toward success is to think about how I am going to do what I need to do and from there I develop a set of goals and prioritize them. Some people may avoid setting goals because having lofty goals may seem intimidating but if you know how to manage your goals and stay focused then it is a lot easier than it may seem. In conclusion, setting goals can help you achieve them and stay focused.

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  92. I remember back in grade school it was required to make “goals” for each academic term. Something small, they would tell us, something achievable during the school year. Back then I don’t think anyone really thought and appreciated goals as much as we do now. But even still, when we made goals, were they even our own? Or just something our advisers influenced us to believe in. As I’ve matured and experienced more raw aspects of life I’ve come to the conclusions of my own ultimate goal. For my father, it was to have a financially stable household, my mother to raise a respectable family. Regardless of their differences each held them important because it was what would make them satisfied. I believe, ultimately whether people realize it or not, their goals fall under the umbrella of being happy. As of now do I know exactly what will make me content in my life? No, I’m not positive anyone my age does. But it is clear that living in a society that smothers people’s abilities to be a unique individual and discriminates on the slightest evidence of abnormality creates a sense of longing to just simply be happy. Multiple mini goals, within mini goals, within more goals will one day lead everyone to be successful in being happy. It is just essential that I realize now how important it is to accomplish one day at a time so I can be content with my life as my own, living it rather than just observing it.

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  93. Surprisingly, I have gained more patience with being able to listen to others’ views even if I believe that everything they are saying is wrong. During lunch, I went to my teacher’s classroom. One of the students there mentioned that he did not believe that white privilege existed. Although I felt the anger and confusion rising in me, I managed to submerge it and debated. I was able to speak up for minorities which could have made a difference in the way he views society. From this experience as well many law internships I have realized that I want to change this world for the better. These internships taught me various skills as well as educated me on many society issues. From absorbing all the knowledge I could from the internships, I hope to advocate for societal justice for those who cannot obtain it alone. I am aware of all of the unjust societal issues that exists in our world. Going to college will allow me to pursue my dream of being a lawyer. I hope to one day reshape the justice system into a new system that would ultimately fix the problem of mass incarceration. I hope to also one day eliminate some of the hate in this world and create room for acceptance and love for everyone. I know that changing these institutionalized ideas of society being “normal” or “traditional” is going to be hard to break, but it is possible. I mean Rome was not built in a day right?

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  94. My Father’s Dream will be my Future
    Although he never had the chance to attend even one year of school, my father was a visionary and could see his children’s opportunities beyond our simple home in La Libertad, Guatemala. He always said to me, “an educational career is the only heritage that I can give you, because nobody can steal it from you.” He wanted his offspring to have a successful career in life, so we wouldn’t have to face the problems that he had. Unfortunately, kidney disease took his life in 2011, so he didn’t get to see his dream realized. But as his namesake, it is my goal to make him proud.
    I remember the good moments that I had with my parents when I was a child, always helping them. Every Saturday when my mother cooked lunch for us, she packed some and she sent me to bring lunch to my father at his job. He worked in construction, leaving our house on his bicycle at 6am each morning and not returning until 6pm every evening. I still imagine my dad, working tirelessly in the hot sunny days, when I brought him his lunch. I loved to watch the houses they built take form, but I hated to see how hard he had to work because he didn’t have the education to be a site manager. So, it was there when I realized that I wanted to study and follow the opportunities my father said were available to those with an education. I didn’t want to be a construction worker, I wanted to be the project designer. I didn’t know it then, but I was dreaming of studying Civil Engineering.

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  95. I believe that having goals are what motivates us to keep pushing forward and not give up. The majority of people have pretty basic goals that are obvious; live comfortably, have a nice job, go to college, and support their families (if they plan on having one). Is this really our goal in life or goals that society has shaped for us? “you need to go to college in order to be successful” “be able to support your family” but what if you do not want to go to college or you do not want a family? Then society paints you as different or an oddball because you do not want to follow their standards of how to live your life. Everyone is entitled to their own goals no matter what they may be, but make sure it is what you want and not someone else. No matter how big or how small, a goal is a goal, it could be as simple as brushing your teeth or as complex as becoming the president. Do not let anyone stop you from achieving whatever you want to achieve. You never know, you could find the cure for cancer. Most people limit themselves to what they know is normal and have struggles with going out of the box in fear of being outcasted by friends and family. In most households the parents have a big say and dictate what goals their children have. Overall goals are things in life that we should have to keep us motivated and to strive for the best.

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  96. “Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.” I believe this quote is very important by E. Joseph Crossman. There are many times I overwhelm myself thinking about my future. I aspire to make the people that I love around me proud. I am the first person to go to college in my family so there are high expectations not that I only have for myself to get where I want to be in my future but that my family has for me. Many days I think of the long windy road ahead but forget that there will be bumps in the road. I tend to forget that challenges will come along. I will make mistakes, I will fail, I will not know what I am doing and have to ask for help, but most importantly I forget that all these things are okay. It is okay to face difficult challenges, it is okay to make mistakes, it is okay to fail. In fact I believe it is important to do these things. I believe it makes you a stronger person, it makes you wiser and it teaches you a lesson. I believe I need to realize that these feelings of stress and being overwhelmed are normal. I believe although it is important to have a plan for your future it is even more important to realize there will be challenges along the way. I believe many people focus on long term goals but should be focused on short term goals.

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  97. I believe if people don’t set goals in their lives, then it makes it harder for them to accomplish things. When you have a goal in mind, and you try to achieve it, that’s challenging yourself. It shouldn’t matter if the goal you set is big or small, as long as you try your best to work towards that goal. It should feel as if you won the lottery after you have achieved the goal you’ve been working hard towards. For example, in high school I had a goal of keeping my gpa to a 3.5 or minimum. I achieved that goal throughout my whole four years of high school. Once I graduated I felt very happy. I was proud of myself for keeping this goal in mind, I was proud for never giving up on myself or my gaol when it came to the difficult times. In my opinion, a person is stronger when they challenge themselves to go out of their comfort zone, and create a goal that is not only important to them, but that they also won’t give up on. Yes, it okay to give up when you have completely lost faith, but people should know that giving up isn’t the only option. They should know that they can continue to strive, and go through any obstacle in their way to make sure they reach the goal they had set. You need to keep in mind that trying to accomplish the goal you set is more important than how you do it, or when you do it.

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  98. As of Saturday, March 31st, I was accepted into my dream school. Nothing in my life since has lived up to that moment at 1 am when I received that email. Unfortunately, I was unable to come up with the money (which in the end brought me to Umass Dartmouth, so it wasn’t the biggest deal!). Through out my musical career, my parents haven’t really believed in me. They were practically horrified when I told them I wanted to make music my entire life. I believe that my biggest goal can and will be achieved here at Umass Dartmouth. I am here to prove my parents wrong. As a first generation college student, I will show them that live music and jazz are not dying, and I will prove to them and myself that I truly can make it. Just because I can’t go to a seventy thousand dollar school, doesn’t necessarily mean that I can’t be the best I can be.
    A lot of people tend to give up on their dreams at a young age, simply because they think that they will not be able to make a career off of doing it, but I don’t believe that that will be me. My intentions for coming here are clear, and there is no turning back now. I won’t let the difference between a seventy thousand dollar tuition school and a twenty four thousand dollar tuition school stand in my way. I will strive to be the greatest I can be!

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  99. Ever since I can remember I have had a goal, whether it was small, big, meaningful or not. I believe that everyone should and needs to have at least one goal to accomplish in their lifetime. When it comes to achieving a goal, you have to have dedication and motivation. The goal has to be set for yourself and important to you. You need to work diligently towards it and the only way you’ll want to work hard is if you value each goal you have. You need persistence, every time you work on achieving your goals, it’s not always going to go according to plans. You will fail but I believe you have to continue to push yourself through each barrier that you face, but need to have determination so you can continue pursuing each of your goals. You also need the aspiration to complete the goal no matter what life throws at you, if you don’t have any hope for it then you won’t want to pursue it. I believe that working towards and what you want because no one else will give it to you. You need to have enough motivation and dedication to want it for yourself and one day you’ll be able to finally say you accomplished the goal you set for yourself. I believe your goal has to make you happy. What makes me happy is to think that one day after going to college and Medical school, with all of the hard work that I have put in I’ll finally be Dr.Dossantos.

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  100. Goals are sought out measurable achievements that one can later reflect on from self worth to the obtaining of material objects. In most cases, the highest goal one can reach is acquiring an abundance of riches that bring jealousy to the next lowly soul. However, the epitome of my goals is not about money or power; it is that while reaching for the stars and the fruits of my labor, my heart will stand firm and not lose sight of whom i truly am. What is the point of setting goals in life if in the end you gain the world, but lose yourself. There is no greater prize or possession that is worth than how i look at myself in the mirror at the end of the day. This highest of goals is achieving other lesser goals while improving my self worth and staying true to the core principles and promises that I’ve made to myself.

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  101. All my life I have been told that ” good things come to those that wait “, but through experience I have realized that statement is entirely false. I believe good things happen as an outcome of tenacious hard work. In order to achieve the goals you want in life you must go out and actively pursue these desires. Since the beginning of my adolescence I have always worked for everything I have wanted or needed. As soon as I turned fifteen, the legal age to work, I found my first job. I worked about twenty to thirty hours each week while attending school every week day. With this job I was able to take some stress off of my family provide myself with things I needed for school as well as the things I just wanted to have but did not need. I was also able to start saving for one of my biggest priorities, college.
    Starting college this year has made me realize that all the hard work that I have put in has been worth it. There would be days where I would come home physically exhausted and mentally drained after a long day consisting of school and work. There were days were I just wanted to give up, days where things seemed to be to much. Instead of giving up or waiting for some miracle to happened I decided to continue living these days fighting for my biggest goal of all, to be successful in life. To my satisfaction my work seems to be paying off as I have made it in to the college of Nursing here at Umass Dartmouth.
    From here on I only expect things to get harder, but I am fully prepared to do all I can to thrive in this program and fulfill my dream of being coming a nurse practitioner. The next four years of my life are going to be tough, but I know on the other side of all of it the reward of achieving my goal will be well worth it.

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  102. I believe in the simplicity of tasks and how each one connects to a bigger, meaningful part of society. The definition of a task refers to a piece of work that has to be done within a certain period of time. There is no mention of what the task must be, nor a fixed frame of time in order for the task in itself to be meaningful. That is purely up to anyone to decipher for themselves. Tasks are known to be tedious, or very mundane to a vast majority of people, and even for myself is something I definitely agree with. However, as the United States and many other countries in the modern era, the expected types of tasks have changed from not extremely long ago. A brief example to demonstrate this idea deals with nurses, which many years ago did not require immense knowledge on different types of health within their profession and care with specialized needs, as the doctor required most of the specific knowledge, and are more widely accepted without an extensive form of training, as it would be considered the “bare-minimum” in today’s modern culture. As the task of maintaining the evolved form of an educated nurse, comes with the benefit of better healthcare, leading a task from the healthcare industry to achieve a better country/world for people to live in. As for myself, I will enter into Computer Engineering major, I personally task myself into shaping the way for how computers will be made in certain ways, either in doing more powerful tasks or be more cost-efficient in regards towards economic tasks. The idea of everyone contributing in their own different tasks will help the world become a better place, and this is what I believe.

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  103. I believe in always being kind to people even if they are not kind to you. It can come across as a very strange thing to say to someone that they should always be nice to people even if they are rude to you, but it is worth a lot. Doing something kind can often feel annoying or wrong if the other person decides to be rude in response but in the long run it always feels good to do. Being rude to someone else always puts me in a bad mood and can sometimes have a real negative effect on my day. Being kind to someone however never feels bad in the long run.

    I try to live by the golden rule of doing onto others what I would have them do to me, so kindness should always be the default. People however are only human, and this rule can often fail but this only makes the rule even more important. I did not have a very happy childhood so I was generally angry whenever I went to school. I used to be rude to people who did not deserve it and it always just made me feel worse. Many people would be rude back, this being the more natural response, but some would still always try to be kind instead and it always worked to calm me. Now I try to be like the people who were kind to me because even if someone is rude to me if they happened to be going through something and a little kindness helped them take their minds off it for a little while it was well worth the effort even if the kindness is not reciprocated.

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  104. I believe that it is finally time for me to take charge of my life and the direction it’s going. I’ve come to realize that at this point in my life I need to start making the decisions that my parents have been making for me. Being away from home will push me to try new things and test my limits. Now that we’re in college, there’s no more hand holding and we need to take charge of our own education. This year I have a lot of personal goals for myself because we are on a new journey by ourselves and are starting a new chapter. I think that one of my goals is to start advocating for myself more because I know that I won’t have anyone to do it for me. I think that I should also challenge myself to be comfortable with being uncomfortable especially because I will be around tons of people whom I’ve never met before and will be seeing a lot. Personal goals are something that I think everyone should have especially as a college student so we can stay on the right path towards success. I believe that if I continue to set small goals for myself, then I will be successful.

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  105. Goals. We all have them, but how many of us really pursue them? I believe that goals are one of the most important aspects of life in any day and age. Long ago, it could have been to be as successful as a farmer/merchant as your grandparents before you. Now it could range from trying to change the world one step at a time through nature, becoming a CEO of multi-million dollar company, to as simple as looking better through going to the gym; or following a diet regimen. We all have specifications for what we believe and want for our lives, but a lot of us don’t commit. And that needs to change immediately. If we all pursued our dreams and aspirations with vigor and determination, the world would change significantly for the better. I personally have my own goals. I used to offset my goals for a later date in hope that I could just mess around. Not anymore. Now, I follow my goals and keep going to better myself. Not only am I happier, I feel proud of myself as if I have a purpose. In the end, it makes me much stronger of a student, and a human being. My message to you all is to pursue your goals. Never settle, work for everything you want. And if you want it bad enough, I promise you will have it.

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  106. In 2012, I experienced an event that would change my life forever. Both of my parents sat my sister and I down and explained to us that my mother had developed colorectal cancer. My whole life I thought that nothing like this could happen to me or my family. But, of course, everyone thinks that until it happens. The news left an impact on my family deeper than we expected. My mother now has a colostomy and will have to live with it forever. This experience played an enormous part in why I want to pursue a career in the healthcare field.
    I watched my mother undergo radiation and chemotherapy before undergoing a major surgery to remove the cancer. She then had to experience chemotherapy again after surgery, all of this while she continued to work full-time as a teacher. Watching her go through that made me fully understand that with determination and perseverance, anything is possible. Even through the toughest of times, she never missed a game, a teacher conference, or gave up hope. Having her as a role model taught me that I can never make excuses. I used this experience to drive my desire to become the nurse that would provide the hope and stability to other patients like my mom.
    My goal has always been to help others. I got my opportunity in 2012 during this tragedy. My goal was to do whatever I could to make her comfortable and make sure she never went without. Now, 6 years later my goal is to finish nursing school so I can help others the way I helped my mom. Having goals is an important part of life that keeps you on track and focused for the road ahead. You start small and make bigger goals as you go. It’s the key to success, as some would say.

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