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Still, the book is instrumental in making sure that I make correct choices for my personal life. In this article, I would like describe and share my experiences in college in the course of this spring semester in English 252B.
Right from chapter one of the course book, we learnt the true definition of success. In this case, I discovered that success is a choice that a person makes. As such, the choices we make while in college have a direct impact on our success. According to the course book that I have mentioned above, success is defined as staying on course to your outcomes and experiences, creating wisdom, happiness, and unconditional self-worth along the way, (pg.3). Before I undertook the course, I defined success as a mare act of accomplishing set goals and targets. However, this changed once I read the book; the success is no longer the act of just passing exams, but the power of our choices that go hand and hand with accomplishing set goals and targets. By drawing illustration from the Downing work, we find that “The main ingredient in all success is wise choices. That’s because the quality of our lives is determined by the quality of the choices we make on a daily basis (3)”. These lines have been lingering in my mind and I have used them as my guide for nit only the entire semester, but also the rest of my course and entire life.
Another discovery that I have made is that there exists two types of individuals; the victims and the creators. In chapter 2 Downing explains that the extent at which a person accepts personal responsibility determines if someone fits the description of a victim or a creator. To describe the creator dimension of a person, I would describe an example: in this case, when I have to choose between completing school work and taking a rest after a long day working, I would instead take a day off from work. That way I have taken the role of a creator as I
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