In June 2009, I graduated high school, and quite frankly, I have basically avoided to seriously think about my future. I had no idea where and what to study, or even if going to college would be the right thing for me at all. I wasn’t even sure whether I was smart enough. As a result of me not planning my life, I was stuck in Germany, where I grew up, doing civil services. (Back then, we had to decide between joining the army or doing civil services.)
To be honest with you, I absolutely hated my job. It felt like a torture. After three months, I was allowed to take vacation for the first time; and boy did I take it: I took all of it. Every day I could get, I took to get away from this job. I used it up to visit a good friend of mine who already studied in the U.S.
Seeing the U.S. college life first hand and knowing that it is “somehow possible” changed everything.
Long story short: I loved the life he was living; so much so that, after my vacation, I decided to seriously undertake some steps to help me study there, too. I took one small step at a time, did research, found my university (Lindenwood University), applied, got in, received my application documents, got my student visa…and I simply felt that things were going uphill. At this point there was no way back. I arrived in the U.S. Lindenwood University was my personal end result of a series of small steps.
It would also become the stepping stone for meeting Oswaldo and Francisco, and building this company, Epro 360.
Today, I think of it as a one degree course correction. One degree! Metaphorically speaking it means that we initially still have to walk on the same street, cross the same mountains, and travel through the same country, but eventually, we end up somewhere completely different. One step into the right direction, followed by a lot of straight steps can make all the difference.
Are you up to a one degree course correction?
Are you taking the easy or the rewarding route?
What’s your next challenge?