YOUNG VOICES: Don't let anything stop you in quest for success

2012-12-03T00:00:00Z YOUNG VOICES: Don't let anything stop you in quest for successBy Kevin Surney nwitimes.com
December 03, 2012 12:00 am  • 

This column is an attempt to inform the younger generations of the many obstacles they will encounter in their pursuit for success.

Depending on your occupation of choice, the steps you must take in order to achieve your personal goals must be thoroughly thought out and well-prepared. There is very little margin for error when it comes to obtaining a goal and reaching the top of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

No matter what obstacles stand in your way, you must be determined to excel and willing to get back on your feet if you should fall down.

Being an African-American, I understand the many hurdles you must leap in order to be successful in life.

Inner city youths have a hard time understanding how to become successful either because they weren't taught the proper knowledge of the subject, or they feel as if their surroundings don’t provide enough hope in order for them to be successful. Therefore, surviving becomes an obstacle which complicates any attempt at reaching personal goals. This is what the African-American communities are facing.

How can one possibly overcome any obstacles if surviving is an obstacle itself? I’ll tell you how. By standing firm with your goals, dreams and aspirations.

You must be willing to accept failure to fully understand success. Just because the surroundings are presented in a negative light, doesn't mean you should fall victim and limit yourself from achieving.

This message is directed toward the individuals who feel like giving up and quitting when opportunities don’t present themselves in a timely manner. Stay on the correct path, and things will eventually pay off.

I encourage the younger generations to be bold when it comes to climbing the success ladder, regardless of race. Never let obstacles discourage you from achieving success. When you stumble upon anything that stands between you and your goals, be sure to stand firm, remember what’s at stake, and keep striving until you reach your destination.

Kevin Surney of Merrillville is a junior at Indiana University Northwest. The opinion expressed in this column is the writer's and not necessarily that of The Times.

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