Sometimes an experience can influence a person’s attitude towards a subject. Some of these experiences may include events, music, media, a conversation, or literature. This summer I read a mandatory book that changed my perspective. Before reading the book Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie, I believed that a person should only set fairly easy and attainable goals for themselves. Now my attitude is that you should pursue what makes you happy, and you shouldn’t let struggles stop you. When I read examples about following a passion, overcoming a fear, and being persistent in your efforts, my prior opinion began to change.
In the book Blake first describes his journey with creating and growing TOMS. Blake was on a vacation
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Challenging the big name brands in a competitive market was a troubling feat. But just like the other success stories that influenced me, method cleaning supplies are now one of the leading corporations. For me, this was just another section that effected my opinion. Part of achieving your ambitions is having confidence in yourself. Knowing that you are one of a kind, and will bring something new is a large part of that confidence. Competition can be daunting but you should never let it stand in your way.
When I was assigned Start Something That Matters I didn’t understand why it was a mandatory book for the school. It informed us about TOMS, and making a difference by helping others, but overall, it seemed to be a book for business starters, not high school students. It guided the innovators on the ups and downs of a business, and reflected on how to run one prosperously. As I ponder now, I have realized that the lessons taught apply not only to building a company, but building your own self. Being a sophomore in high school I often think about who I want to be, or where I want to be in my future. Frequently I feel my thoughts drift off into fantasies of some superb life, and embarrassed I quickly reel my mind back in. I hear my peers talk of becoming an actress, when they don’t even make the casting in the school play. Or another wanting to be a neurological surgeon, even though she knows she doesn’t excel in math or