Those years will pass anyway...Use time wisely!

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Posted on December 07 2014

“The most important thing about goals is having one” ~Geoffrey F. Abert. future
Those two quotes became my most favorite quotes when I was a high school student, and they completely changed my life…That’s when this decade of hard work, sacrifice, and persistence began. I’ve always known that I wanted to own a business and make a difference in my community. I’ve noticed the funny looks I get because how can someone this young build a company AND donate a percentage of the profits to charity? I have to say that some of my former managers do not believe in this, and that’s OK…However, those funny looks I got were very helpful because they used to motivate me to keep working harder to achieve my goals. Now, I am 62 days away from celebrating my 30th birthday, and I am a proud owner of one of those amazing companies that strive to make valuable contributions to the community and our society. It all began ten years ago… During that decade I moved to the United States, I learned two languages at the same time, graduated college, and founded Kallie Shoes. These ten years taught me all about hard work, persistence, dedication, and sacrifice. I also learned to give myself deadlines to achieve those goals. I remember a frustrating and difficult time when I had to wake up at 2:15am Monday-Friday to cross the border and go to school in San Diego (I used to live in Tijuana, MX). I had to wait in line from 3:00am-6:30am just to go through the U.S Customs checkpoint. That was back in 2001 right after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, so crossing the border was a painful experience. Needless to say, I spent some serious hours under the cold rain, freezing weather, but HEY! That particular situation showed me what determination, persistence, and sacrifice were all about! I also remember I used to tell myself “this is just a temporary situation and someday I won’t have to stand in line anymore.” That got me through that difficult first year of crossing the border. A lot more has happened during these ten years, but I’ll save the details for some other time. Now, I am a firm believer that we all have the capabilities to achieve anything we want and desire, and I would like to share some of the strategies I often use to remain consistent with my goals. 1. Write down your goals and set up deadlines. 2. Prioritize your goals and track your progress. 3. Follow the 2-minute rule. If something can be done in less than 2 minutes, DO IT right there and then. 4. If social media is getting on the way, deactivate your accounts temporarily. I do this from time to time, and I recently gave up Candy Crush (only for now). (: 5. It’s OK to not follow the crowd. It’s OK to be different. 6. Take chances. 7. Ask yourself what’s the worst that can happen? 8. Know your limitations and defy them. *A personal note about #8. I used to call myself a “not creative person” and turns out I AM! I’ve discovered talents that I didn’t know I had; I know I can’t be the only one around here! We only get one life, one chance to achieve our goals…Don’t let time pass you by and then regret why you didn’t do more or why you didn’t find a way to overcome your fears. As my Mom said “Ten years are going to pass by whether you go to school, find the job of your dreams, and start your family or simply whether you take chances or not.” You might as well use those ten years to achieve your goals and follow your dreams because time doesn’t stop! Make it a GREAT week!   [contact-form][contact-field label='Name' type='name' required='1'/][contact-field label='Email' type='email' required='1'/][contact-field label='Comment' type='textarea' required='1'/][/contact-form]  

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