The "Secret" to Success

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The "Secret" to Success

This blog was written by our Campus Ambassador Kathryn Tromba from the University of Central Florida.

I’m sure most of you have heard the quote, “It’s not about the grades you make, it’s about the hands you shake”?

Well, I’m here to put that quote to rest. It’s not true. I mean, it’s kind of true. But not really.

It’s not about the grades you make or the hands you shake. It’s about you. It’s about your attitude. It’s about your passion. It’s about your determination to get where you want to be. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide how far you will go in your career!

The way I see it, if you tell yourself you will get something, you’ll act in ways that make it so you do—kind of like the law of attraction.
Not to get all scientific and the-world-is-based-off-connections-and-we-all-are-connected on you guys, but it’s actually been show that just by thinking you will achieve something, you will.

A woman named Rhonda Byrne wrote a book called “The Secret”, which explains that what you think, you become. “When you feel bad, you are on the frequency of drawing more bad things. When you feel good, you are powerfully attracting more good things to you.” These concepts can easily apply to your career path. For example, by telling yourself that you will get that amazing job at MTV or Apple or Google when you graduate, you will subconsciously act in ways that will get you there.

Of course, you can’t just say, “I’m going to get a six-figure job at Apple when I graduate” and continue to sit on your couch watching How I Met Your Mother every day. You must do it the right way—by telling yourself that you will get that job, going out and doing what you have to do to get it, and staying positive throughout the whole experience. That is the key to success! Being positive will bring good energy, luck, and motivation to you, pushing you further and further along your career path. If you are negative and think that your goal is too big, you will obviously not get there. It’s common sense.

I applied this concept to my own life and it has made a profound impact. I told myself that I had a goal and that I was going to reach it, and I’ve been working tirelessly to achieve it. Since my freshman year, I went from never having a job in my life to having four internships, being a part of four writing outlets, getting an article published on USA Today College, representing name brands on my campus, and holding high positions in clubs that I usually never would have joined.

A quote I find more appropriate for your career path is, “If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.” Go out and tell yourself that you can do it, and I promise that you will. You decide how far you will go.