The world is a wonderful place filled with all sorts of possibility.
In a day and age when opportunity abounds, I'm surprised to find
many people who give up on their dreams.
I'm here to tell you, as
a person who really has 'been there and done that' that you can become anything you want to be!
I actually became an attorney using nothing more than the Internet,
my brain, and my burning desire to succeed. If you have a burning
desire to succeed too, let me share with you the four biggest lessons
from my experience.
1. No goal is too big.
I can't begin to tell you how many people said to me "Become an attorney by going to distance learning and online law schools? Yeah, right!"
My license to practice law proves these doubters wrong.
If you're like me, you have skeptics in your world too. People who tell you that your dreams are too big. People who tell you that distance learning won't work. People who say the Internet is a fad and look at you as if you just announced you were moving to Mars.
Here's my advice. Don't listen to them. Listen to your heart.
The Internet has literally kicked open the doors of academic and Career opportunity. I'm not talking about a little bitty crack of opening. I'm talking WIDE open.
You can be anything you want to be. Settle for nothing less than the excellence that lives in your heart.
2. You need a plan of action.
When I first set my goal, it seemed SO overwhelming. I was a sort of a pioneer then, really. The resources that exist now were very hard to
find at that time—so I made a plan.
Every day I would do only that day's tasks, seldom looking at the whole for fear of feeling overwhelmed. I'll admit it was overwhelming sometimes, but I just wouldn’t allow myself to deviate from the plan.
Whenever I needed a little lift, needed to feel that I was in fact
making progress, I would look at my 'to do' list from the previous
week or month. Seeing all I had accomplished made thinking about
accomplishing more seem realistic.
My second piece of counsel to you is simply this. Take your project one
step at a time and you can do literally anything you set your mind
Concentrate and focus only on what needs to been done today. If you
can do that without constantly worrying about the enormity of your
goal, you’ll soon find that you are living your dream.
3. Take full advantage of all resources within your grasp.
Did you know that you hear more news in one day than your great-grandparents heard in one entire year!
While this may sound overwhelming, and the words 'information overload' may be jumping into your thoughts, I say this to encourage you.
There truly is a world of information at your fingertips. It has been well said that information is power. I wonder if you realize the power the Internet bestows on you?
Right here, right now, you can decide to change your future. You might decide, as I did, to further your education using distance learning and online resources. Hey, I became a lawyer! Why not you?
You might decide that today is the day you are going to start building your career and enter the ranks of the legal profession.
On the other hand, you might decide that today is the day to go into any career that appeals to you, the choice is all yours. All of the resources you need to accomplish you career goals are literally at your fingertips and within your heart.
4. Take action today.
No matter what you decide, let me encourage you to take action on
your plan today. A car sitting in a driveway is impossible to steer.
Only when the car is moving can it be directed in the way the driver
You are in control of your life. If you really want to be a lawyer you
need to take action, you need to make that choice. The choices you make today will have an effect on what and who you become six weeks, six months and six years from now.
Let me encourage you once again. Dare to dream big. Make solid plans that will take you step-by-step in the direction of your dream.
Make the most of the resources at your disposal. Don't let the critics get you down.
Do these four things today and your tomorrows will take care of
About the Author
Peter J. Loughlin, J.D., LL.M. achieved his dream of becoming an
attorney using only distance learning and online resources. Now he helps
others achieve their dream at http://www.LawSchoolBible.com
YOU could be the next (or first!) lawyer in the family! He also operates www.maxstudy.com, a websitesite dedicated to helping others earn college distance learning degrees. . Let us show you that your dreams are closer than you think.