Own Your Destiny

by Dr. Regina Campbell

“Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved.” William Jennings Bryan

smsf-destiny-620x349Early in my career I remember my first job I was excited and eager about the opportunity to learn, grow and move up the corporate ladder. I arrived early to work and often worked after hours. I was just simply trying to learn as quickly as I could so I could be a success. Now years later I still have that eagerness to grow and learn thus I summarize that my work ethic and eagerness to grow have been the 2 forces that have led to my success. As you encounter this New Year consider your career and determine what you love and dislike about your career. If love at least 80% of your career then you are in a place that you’ll need to continue to strive for further growth on the other hand if you dislike 80% of your career then you may want to determine the steps to finding another career.

Regardless if you love or dislike your career I firmly believe you own your destiny. We live in a world that opportunity awaits and it is up to you to create opportunities for yourself. I learned years ago no one will hand me anything but I must be willing to sacrifice, work hard and remain focused on growth and development. I am convinced that your destiny is up to you to obtain. When you have the mind to master your craft and develop your skill the sky is the limit when it comes to your career. The key is to master your craft. Mastering your craft is to be best that you can be in your career. For example if you are an educator read, study and teach in a way that ignites students’ thirst for learning. Don’t be content with being status quo. When you master your craft you will create a demand on your skill and then opportunities will come your way. Finally I encourage you to refrain from blaming others if you are not where you want to be. Many of us have been victims of someone’s insecurity so we didn’t get the promotion but don’t let that stop you but use that as fuel to ignite your desire and will to forge ahead as you are the owner of your destiny.