“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth
I personally believe in hard work, the raw effort and dedication that one puts into something in order to get their desired result out of it. There are no shortcuts, no easy paths to getting what you want. Or so that is what I have been taught throughout my entire life. I have always been told by my parents especially that I must work hard and commit to achieve whatever may be desired and that idea has most definitely been grounded within the aspect of school. Tests, projects, assignments, really anything that may regard marks and grades have been things that have haunted me and really have demoralized me in terms of my own self-confidence, of what I can achieve. Specifically within the past couple of years of my school experience I had not necessarily put in the effort that would have yielded a greater mark. I was not willing to work and prioritize my tests and assignments, which, in turn, had resulted in my mark suffering dramatically. At that time, there was not much of an understanding as to why any of this was important. I did not think that there was much of a need to be trying, to be caring about school when, being the little kid that I was, I could be enjoying my life with so many other things.
Looking back at those times, I feel that it was simply just that I did not want to do work, or really did not believe in the impacts of hard work. I did not hold a complete understanding of what these small changes could have accomplished. These beliefs have now obviously been greatly influenced by figures such as my parents, which have now formed what I believe. My parents’ wisdom has taught me many things, all of which I am grateful for, but most importantly they have communicated the most important idea of working hard.
Now, reflecting on who I am today, lots has changed. I have developed and transformed into a much more wise and knowledgeable human being. I now put in a lot more effort into the work that I do at school, which most definitely has resulted in the improvement of my grades, and ultimately paved the way to my placement of an AP class. I have not only acknowledged but grown from these ideas of believing in working hard and believing in the effort and commitment that one puts into the things that they do.
I feel that there is the importance of extrapolating these values to other areas, not just within the realm of school and grades. These ideas really can be applied to just any aspect of my life in which I ever want to go and get something, to accomplish something that may previously just have seemed impossible. There will always be, within my life, the need to believe in myself, in what I can do and what I can be capable of. And with that goes hand in hand the need to believe in and appreciate your hard work. In whatever one may be so dedicated and committed to reaching, there will be the need to work hard, to push yourself, and to trust in your efforts. Being diligent and putting in the hard work is not simply something that you can say, it is something you must act upon and truly trust.