Want to Succeed? Don’t Expect Someone Else to Do it for You.

Next month Ieshia Champs will graduate from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

So, what’s the big deal? Lots of people graduate from college in the United States every year. This year alone the estimate is about 1.9 million new graduates. Approximately 33,000 earn law degrees.

Graduating Magna Cum Laude puts Ieshia in the top ten percent of all graduates. To me, happy to have limped over the finish line and graduate, that’s impressive. But, Magna Cum Laude is not the only thing setting this lady apart.

Ieshia Champs is a single mother of five. She wanted to be a lawyer since she was seven years old, but life got in the way. She had a tough beginning. Her father died, and her mother was a drug addict. Homeless, she lived with friends, or whoever would take her in. She became pregnant, dropped out of High School, and faced one hardship after another. For more detail please read her story as written by Christina Capatides of CBS News: 


Look at the photos with her kids. If those photos and her story doesn’t inspire you, nothing will.

Listen, life is tough. Some people have it tougher than others, some have it easier. People like Ieshia Champs have the deck stacked against them from the start, but they thrive anyway. Others are born with the proverbial silver spoon in their mouths and fail miserably. 

Regardless of your situation, you ultimately control your destiny. Hell, yes it would be nice to be born filthy rich, nice to start life with all the advantages of wealth, and without any of the disadvantages. It doesn’t happen to most people. Most of us must struggle to get what we want. Our goals may be very different. We have our wins and we have our losses. Some of us may persist. Some of us quit.

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” 
                                                                                             - Confucius

Regardless of where you begin, success is up to you. Nobody else can do it for you. It’s easy to get complacent, easy to accept the status quo. It’s even easier to get discouraged and give up when times get tough. We’ve all been there. One of my favorite cop outs is, “Screw it. I don’t need this aggravation!” Then I read about somebody like Ieshia Camps and I realize how easy my life has been. 

Each one of us can achieve whatever goals we want. We just have to believe in ourselves and keep getting back up every time we fall.

I’m Oliver Connolly and I help sales managers create a sales force of overachievers. 

Oliver Connolly