Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Road to Success. . .

is often a long and lonely one.

After speaking with a dear friend today, I felt obligated to write a post. She made a comment to me about not knowing what to do with her life and I was immediately intrigued. I asked her what she meant by that and she simply replied "I've been out of high school for five years and I'm not where I'm supposed to be." That sentence alone caused me to create this post. Do you believe that you are where you are "supposed to be" in life? Your answer to this question is more than likely "no" because we as humans tend to never be completely satisfied. I consider the American Dream to be the perfect example of this concept. Prosperity is what is sought as we continue on this journey that is commonly known as life. Even with this as the case, I could not help but be bothered by my friend's view on her life.

I may not be the most overtly religious person, but I know that God has a plan for each of us and we are right where He wants us to be. Often times, the path that we set for ourselves does not directly match up with the plan that God has. This may be the cause of some of this stress that we often encounter. I, for one, know that many of my problems are ones that I've caused. I don't desire to make this a diary entry with my personal issues exposed, but I do wish to let YOU know that you should never feel lost in life. These overinflated expectations that we have for our lives are a result of the media. We are often too busy trying to keep up with the Jones' and stay fly to have whatever type of images appeals to the masses. I encourage you to write down a list of goals, both short-term and long-term, for your life. Then write down a plan of action so that you will be able to reach these goals. Too many of us fail to plan yet we plan to succeed. It just doesn't add up. It may take longer for you to reach your goals than it does for those around you, but you should not be paying attention to others. This journey is yours and your alone.

Let me know if you agree or disagree with my thoughts... I love to receive feedback and healthy debates are always nice. Do you believe that you are where you need to be? Why or why not? Should people compare themselves with others to determine their level of success?

I leave you with this great quote that I found online

"Success often comes to those who have the aptitude to see way down the road." Laing Burns, Jr.


  1. First off, I would like to say that you are an awesome writer. I enjoy your clarity and point of view. I pray for your success in the journalism world. I totally agree with your perspective. As imperfect humans, mistakes are inevitible as we journey through life. Life wouldn't be life if there weren't obstacles to overcome. This SHOULD be a common understanding among people. Furthermore, once one accepts this, the new question becomes, "What do I do when MY plan fails?". I would that humanity rely on the sovereignty of the Lord; allow him to be the potter and we the clay, as scripture analogizes. Yet, we tend to rely on our own strength and become discouraged by our imminent struggles in life. So, like you said, no one should feel completely lost. A little uncertain sometimes, but never hopeless when one trusts God. Again, wonderful blog Alex!


  3. Thanks for this, I really needed it!