I’ll never forget my high school counselor giving me the “college isn’t for everyone” speech. I was getting C’s and D’s in high school. And that counselor probably said the logical thing, but I would have hoped she would have encouraged me. I left that meeting feeling like a disappointment. And now, I’m a year away from getting my masters and I used motivation to get me here. 
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I still haven’t opened up the envelope containing my official bachelor’s degree certification. I kept it on my kitchen counter for two years to remind me to not be content with a mere bachelors degree. I fed on that motivation. I wanted more and I still do.
I remember those who doubt me and I write their names down on the walls of my mind. I don’t forget their names and faces. It’s funny when people doubt your abilities when you know God’s got your back and you aren’t going to fail. Faith + action = unstoppable force. Don’t never forget that.
Find your own motivation. It could be a high school counselor, a teacher, a friend, a family member, or whoever. Remember someone who doubted you, remember them, and work your tail off. You won’t find success without hard work just like you won’t lose weight without exercise. And make sure your greatest motivation is God.
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If your greatest motivation is someone other than God, you will begin to resent them, since you’d be focusing too much on people’s negativity. If your greatest motivation is God, you will be more happy, since you’d be focusing on God’s love for you instead of people’s doubt about you. So, remember people’s doubts about you, but ultimately live your life to honor God.
Let your doubters speak their doubt and you just stick to proving them wrong by trusting God and putting in the work to make the dreams God has given you become a reality.
Jordan Kranda
Follower of Jesus. Husband to Ariel. Master’s of Theology (Greek Track) Graduate. Future Pastor. Present lover of cheese, Blink-182, & watching sports.

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