I know exactly how it feels: You want to study abroad and you have heard great stories of some of your friends who already did it, at least for one semester. I get it. Certainly, you do not want to miss out, and YOU don’t want to be the one “horror story”…the one who got kicked out because of bad grades… because you could not handle the responsibility of living abroad… because you got homesick… because your loved one may find another partner while you’re gone… Whatever your excuses might be, let me ask you something:
Have you ever thought about the great things in life that happened to you because you decided to go for something (risky)?
When your answer to this question is YES, you may already have an idea where this is going. If your answer is NO, you will hopefully take a lesson from this article: Not taking a risk can hunt you in the future. Let me tell you what I mean by this:
What “almost being kicked out of college” taught me
About three years ago, I was so close to losing everything: My U.S. scholarship along with my student visa, my circle of friends in the U.S., the trust of my parents… In short: Everything that I would have called life and everything that I planned to build my future on was at risk, because of one stupid mistake. No unnecessary details, but I wasn’t obeying to the rules of my university and not only did I get myself in trouble, but also others. Who would have ever guessed? Today, I am running a company. How did this shift happen?
The solution lies in the word responsibility or response-ability. I was able to respond the the situation the most honest way. I took all the blame. I was responsible for the mess I got myself in. Just myself. I could not blame anyone but me. I screwed up, and to be honest, it was rather public. How did it feel? Well, it sucked big time, especially because there was no one else to blame. You know how sometimes, it makes you feel better when you are in trouble together with someone else? There was none of that. No parents around this time 😉
It was just me, and it made me realize one really important thing: EVERYTHING that I called life at the time was also because of my efforts. ALL, good and bad, was there because of my past actions. Hmmmm. (That got me thinking)
I thought to myself: “When I have to eat all the fruits I plant, both bitter and sweet, I better plant only the sweet ones.”
That’s when I decided to challenge myself and take on responsibility for my future. Launching Epro 360 was one of the major decisions that came out of this learning.
There are two advices I like to share with you here.
- Take 100% responsibility for your life. You decide today how you want to live tomorrow. Always remember that making no decision is a decision, too.
- When you want to do amazing things in life, start doing them today.
Got interested in shaping your life? Find another perspective on smart decision making in my article about “The simplicity and power of a one degree course correction.”