Being Successful

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Winston Churchill said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” You are not guaranteed to be successful so you must work hard to succeed. If you happen to fall along the way, get back up and try again; failure won’t kill you, it will only make you stronger. What counts the most is that you continue to do your absolute best even though there may be obstacles in your way. This can be seen in each of articles I read as well as in my own experience. Each person in the articles, and myself have had some sort of obstacle to overcome when it came to our education but we never gave up until we were where we wanted or needed to be. If we want to be successful and get a good education we must have determination, encouragement, and fulfillment.

If you want to overcome an obstacle to further your education you must be determined. In “Knowledge is Power” by Anna-Maria Petricic a schoolgirl from Croatia is determined to figure out what the words on her bookmark meant. The bookmark had a picture of superman with the words Knowledge is Real Power written on it. She knew that to have the power that knowledge brought she had to attend college. She had been hearing bad things about the college in her homeland of Croatia so she researched colleges in the United States. She was dismayed because it was very expensive. She came across a private school in Iowa that was offering a work-study program for international students. She ran into the kitchen and exclaimed, “I am going to school in America” (1)! Though her mother asked who was going to pay for it she was determined to have her dream of going to school in America come true. Another good example of determination is Daisy in “A Journey into Light.” Daisy is a 45 year old college student that overcame an abusive father, illiteracy and the fear of ridicule. Her father moved the family around a lot; Daisy was in seventeen schools between first and sixth grade. She...
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