What Would You Change?
Hey Achievers! Last week I was interviewed for an international newspaper and one of the questions that was asked was “Looking back on your journey so far, if you were given a chance what would you have done differently?”. My immediate reaction was “NOTHING!” but given this was an important interview I thought I should write a proper response. So here’s what I wrote…
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Oddly enough, I don’t think I would have done anything differently as my story of success is one purely of self determination to turn my dreams into reality when there were no real opportunities available.
For me the traditional path of academic excellence equating to life fulfilment was not my thing. No matter how hard I tried I could never get top marks in school and was never smart enough to attend those prestigious student award ceremonies. I did okay at University but again was never top of my class and as a result I found it hard to get a job upon graduation.
Fast forward a few years later and I’m on stage winning the title of Young Achiever of the Year and recognised as a young leader in the ICT Industry. Now I’m invited to speak at those same student award ceremonies that I never got to attend as a kid because I wasn’t smart enough.
Your level of success depends upon how valuable you become. I could never become valuable as a student because that wasn’t my thing. I’m an Achiever and I became valuable because I kept creating my own opportunities for my career, my business and ultimately my life. And along the way I created many opportunities for other cool young people to follow in my footsteps and that’s what made me valuable enough to win Young Achiever of the Year.
I wouldn’t do anything differently because even though I learned all the lessons the hard way, I have learned them for life. That’s powerful considering I’ve still got a long way to go!
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We all know that life is full of problems but as Achievers we all look at these problems as challenges. Problems have such negative connotations associated with them as opposed to challenges which have positive vibes about them. For this reason challenges are more easily overcome than problems.
The main key to viewing problems as challenges come in understanding that every sitution that you find yourself in has the opportunity for you to learn something from it. And that’s how I choose to view all of the negative moments in my life.
So speaking of Challenges, that brings us to this week’s Challenge!
This week I challenge you to look back on your life and answer the same question – “What would you change?”
Have there been moments in your life where you would have made different choices to what you did? How different would your life be right now?
Until next week,
Dream, Build, Inspire, Lead!
AJ~By AJ Kulatunga