In eighth grade, I was one of the “biggest losers” at my school.
I’m not talking about a weight loss competition.
While everyone was on the playground playing football, and having fun with friends, I would sit in the corner alone and quiet, and play my Gameboy.
I didn’t really like people.
I had no purpose or direction in life.
I was sad.
When I graduated middle school I made a conscious choice to turn my life around.
It was high school now: my opportunity to start over.
I had a few problems, however.
I had no idea how to talk to people,
I didn’t know a single person in my school,
My fashion was horrendous,
And I was a major pessimist.
Despite these problems, I didn’t ever stop pushing myself to become better in all areas of life.
With a lot of persistence and help from my brother Mike,
I realized the importance of social skills, relationships and fashion.
I started talking to people and learning to hold conversations.
I found music: my purpose and direction.
I was for the first time in a long time, happy.
In four years, I went from the “biggest loser,” to the “biggest achiever”.
I was Senior Class President, Valedictorian, Co-Director of the Daily Announcements, NHS President, part of the Prom Committee, and Frequent Winner of the Bi-Annual Talent Shows.
None of that mattered to me.
What mattered, was that people liked me for the first time in my life.
I liked me for the first time in my life.
I was happy.
On this four year journey, I discovered that optimism was really the key to success.
When I became a source of positive energy, I made more friends and connections.
The more friends and connections I had, the easier it was to achieve my goals.
I could write for hours on the lessons I learned on my journey, but instead,
I’m releasing a four part series called, “Optimism Changed My Life.”
- Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life
- How to Change Your Mindset
- Collect the Good, Isolate the Bad
- Create the Good in Your Life
These posts will come out one by one, spread out over the next couple weeks.
I consider each of these things extremely important.
I hope these life lessons help you as much as they helped me.