Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Search for a Star

I love the article that I read titled “Stars and Steppingstones – Some choices only come around once.” My mind really resonated with its words. It talked about finding our own stars, meaning that we need to find what is most important to us. This got me thinking a lot about what is important to me and what kind of a job I would want to have. It is not just the type of job, really, that is important, but also the idea of where will I be at the age of fifty and then seventy.
At the age of fifty, I saw myself with my wife and 3-4 children (that depends on how many we decide to have). My oldest child would be around the age 25 with the rest down to 22 or so. I would be working either at the hobby store that I opened or at another store in the same department. I feel that the steppingstones that I have set will help me to achieve my ‘star’ of owning a hobby store or working for a place such as Games Workshop.
  • ·         Why do you think Randy Pausch was able to achieve so many of his childhood dreams? – Randy Pausch set out with the mentality that success takes a great deal of effort with many failures along the way. Rather than letting those failures discourage him, Randy focused on what he really wanted and made them happen.
  • ·         Do you feel that dreaming is important? Why or why not? – Dreaming is very important! Without dreams, we are not motivated to pursue anything. We sit there content with what the world can and will throw at us. It is very unfortunate for those that don’t have dreams or even those that believe that they can’t achieve their dreams.
  • ·         Discuss at least one of your childhood dreams. Explain why you believe you can or cannot achieve this dream. – Growing up, I loved dinosaurs. And I still do to this day. What kid wouldn’t love dinosaurs? Because of this fascination with this ancient monsters that roamed the earth millions of years ago, I dreamed as a kid to be a “dinosaur hunter” as I called it in kid terms. More specifically and accurately, I wanted to be a paleontologist and dig up dinosaur bones. Unfortunately, priorities change throughout the years and you come to the realization that certain areas in academics are more difficult than other areas. This was the case for me, struggling to do well in science and math. Also, I’ve always wanted to have a family of my own, spending a great deal of time with them. I figured that paleontology would take me away from my home and family for long periods. 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

A New Adventure...

So. This will be another place for me to place my thoughts.

This time it will be about lessons learned on entrepreneurship stuff. Have you ever noticed how long that word is? That's five syllables! That's almost as many syllables as many words in Russian.

When I first saw this class as one of those required classes for my major, I thought that this course would teach me how to be an entrepreneur. Upon reading further into the course materials, I now know that I will be learning more about how to really get my life in order and develop a life plan before I start a business. This is what I am looking forward to learning.

I've been debating in my head as to what I would want to do with this major. I thought about opening a bakery at first. I then thought to myself that it would be really cool if I could incorporate my painting hobby into some career, like owning a hobby store of sorts. I guess we will have to wait and see, right?

I had one of those 'aha' moments. I don't know if 'aha' is the right word to use, but the readings and videos in conjunction with the last devotional from President and Sister Gilbert made me think a lot about how much is being invested in me. I need to take advantage of the time I have here at BYU-Idaho. Five semesters seems like a long time, but the time will go by too fast and then I will need to rely on what I've learned to make something work after graduation.

That means, that I will need a plan for the future. Here's to a new adventure!