Clay Hippenmeyer - Grade 9, Centerville High School
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” –Lao Tzu. This quote illustrates a good picture on how to live a jubilant and productive life. While I try to follow the truths of this quote, the overwhelming thoughts of school, sports, and friends can sometimes distract me from my path. As a teenager, it is vital to keep in mind my goals and plans that I have for my life. I hope to go on to college, earn a well-paying job, all while surrounding myself with people who encourage me.
While it is true that a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, it can sometimes be confusing what the initial steps should be. Challenges such as difficult assignments in school, demanding sports practices, and a confusing social life can often divert me from where I want to be. That is why I have thought of a few things that should help me become successful. First of all, I need to work hard in school. I hope to maintain a high GPA which will help me get into college. Studying for tests and doing my best on all assignments can help me do this. What I learn in school will set me up for a good job which I believe is the next step in order to become successful. I need this to provide for my future family and make a living. Last of all, being around positive people will set me up for success. Surrounding myself with friends who make good choices will help me to do the same. Perhaps the most important part of success is to be happy. Without happiness, I will not want to work hard each day. For now, I enjoy my life by playing basketball, watching sports, and spending time with friends. If any of these things change, I will find something else and run with it. Hopefully, this plan will help point me in the right direction in my pursuit of a good life.
When I was younger, I used to believe that everyone grows up to be successful. I thought that a good life would be handed to me. Now, I know that it takes hard work to accomplish the things that I dream of. If I follow the steps depicted in my plan, reaching success will be more easily achieved.