Okay, so now it’s official. That thing you’ve always wanted to do, it’s a lot of work. OK… now that you have that part figured out, what are you going to do about it? You could quit, find something easier, do something you’re “better at.” If recent events have proved to you that this thing was not what you thought it was, then maybe that might be a good idea. But what if this is not your desire? What if you’ve always felt like this thing is what you were meant to do! Not necessarily because you rock at it. But instead, because you feel as though it’s something that you’ve always wanted to do.
However, this being said, recent events have proved to you that you will indeed need to know those things that may not have drawn you to that thing in the first place.
So what can you do now? The Steps to Success given below are from a well-known actor, bodybuilder, and former Governor of California. His advice, though not specific to any one topic, may not be the comprehensive, exhaustive, and magical solution to all your problems. But they are broad enough that it can be applied to whatever situation you might find yourself in now and I have found them useful in jump-starting the process of getting yourself back on track.
1. TRUST YOURSELF
Who do you want to be? Not what your parents or teachers want you to be, but YOU. If you know for yourself that engineering is really what you want to do then DO IT. On the other hand, if you were only in it because an engineer is who other people wanted you to be, then it may be time to rethink.
2. BE YOURSELF
You’ve heard the saying, “records were meant to be broken.” Break the rules. Be original. Think outside the box. What is the point of wanting to become an engineer if all you want to do is be like everyone else? Last time I checked, that was not the definition of an engineer. We’ve all heard the saying, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” But in this case, I disagree. I say if it ain’t broke, break it! And build it back better!
3. DON’T BE AFRAID TO FAIL
You can’t always win. Do not be afraid of making decisions. If you never fail, you will never push yourself harder the next time. Success will come, so don’t be afraid of failure.
4. DON’T LISTEN TO PEOPLE WHO SAY YOU CAN’T DO IT
There will always be those who say that engineering is too hard and they cannot do it. If this is something that you really want, go get it, period!
5. THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP: WORK YOUR BUTT OFF!
This is engineering! No matter how smart you are there is no way around hard work. Muhammad Ali was once asked: “How many sit-ups do you do?” His answer, “I don’t know – I only start counting when it starts hurting…”
6. FIND TIME TO HELP SOMEONE ELSE
Even with all of the success, I am sure you will have, nothing gives more satisfaction than helping someone else.