I trust that all is well! It’s a beautiful day and I am feeling great that 2013 is coming to such a beautiful close. I would like to apologize for my extended absence, as my first semester of law school left me with little time to think about blog posts and even less time to create them! However in 2014, KingsandQueensUnited will be much more active and we even have some big plans in store for the new year.
I feel that it is fitting to re-cap the lessons learned in 2013 so that we can remember them when we encounter problems in 2014.
1. Over-preparation is the key. For me, I have always done best when I have overprepared for something. Overpreparation means planning, thinking, and analyzing things to the point that I pretty much know every scenario that can occur. Knowing each scenario is advantageous because if plan A is no longer the correct course of action, then one can easily slide into plan B. Additionally, over-preparation gives one a great deal of confidence when undertaking a unfamiliar goal or course of action.
2. Sacrifice is necessary to achieve greatness. I learned this lesson in my first semester of law school. As I look back, I realize that what makes law school so difficult is the extraordinary sacrifice that it takes to make it through. One has to sacrifice a great deal of the free time that they had before law school started. There are days where I literally studied law all day. I’m talking about starting in the morning when the sun is coming up and then studying until the sun starts to set. During this time I realized that I am fortunate to be able to dedicate my life to learning, however it also taught me that in order to achieve something great, it will require one to sacrifice a great deal of “pleasantries” in order to achieve the ultimate goal which is greatness.
3. The road less traveled is probably the most beneficial road for you: 2013 has shown me that the decisions that I made in my life to take the road less traveled have equipped me with wisdom and knowledge that I would not trade for anything. Don’t get me wrong, the road less traveled is definitely a difficult road because it is rocky, unpaved, and it is often unclear where one will end up. However overcoming the rockiness and creating a direction where one has not been carved out will provide you with a greater skill set then those who took the nice, easy, paved road, and knew exactly where they were going to end up. If you have a dream, go for it! Even if it means taking a road that looks more difficult than the paved road.
4. When the going gets tough, exercise and then get going: 2013 taught me that there will be times where you will be overwhelmed and stressed out because of deadlines and things to accomplish. This stress can take a toll on one’s body and render you completely ineffective because the stress has not found an outlet. I have found that the best outlet is exercise. After a good exercise session, suddenly things feel manageable. Additionally, the stress is released and now it is possible to get a great deal of work done.
5. Hold tight to your dream, regardless of what people do or say: One crucial thing that I had to remember in 2013 is the fact that my dream is mine and will be fulfilled by me. Anything that somebody has to say or do about it is immaterial because it will be achieved regardless of their feelings. Additionally, when you are in a new environment, it is crucial to hold tight to your dream so that you do not forget why you are there. People may say things about what you are doing because they don’t see what you see. It is your job to remain steadfast and committed to your ideals and goals.
That is 5 quick bits of wisdom that I have learned in 2013. I have learned so much this year and it would take many posts to document them all. However, these are 5 that resonated with me. Hopefully they inspire and inform you.
See Y’all in ’14