Hey everyone, welcome to the new week. How is everyone doing? I have finally read What the Kitchen Told Me for the fourth time. I read it once every week and I got something different from it each and every time.
Something struck a chord in me. I realized I used to be a go-getter and big time hustler in the true sense of the word. Many circumstances have made me relax a lot. I love my husband, but he is one of the circumstances- down to curtains in my house I don’t have to lift a finger. They bring samples, I pick what I like and he negotiates with them. I have been married to him for almost three years and I have gotten to the point I don’t even ask for the cost anymore. God bless his heart and good intentions, but they are making me lazy….lol.
I found the quote below in the book.
You don’t have to be the most talented, the most popular , or the most gifted, but you do have to hustle. What are you willing to do that others are not to get to where you want to be?
– What the Kitchen Told Me by David Thoreau
I remembered when I was an undergraduate…I started out studying Biology to try to go to med school. Lets say I hated chemistry enough to fail it. I picked the next best thing I was good at- Mathematics.
I ended up studying applied math and stats for my first degree. I am sure you are thinking how brilliant😂. Did I tell you I failed Calculus 3 once before I passed it? Did I also tell you I failed Linear Algebra once? Funny thing is those failures spurred me on. I was determined to pass and graduate from that department. I wrote my undergraduate paper 5 times- I ended up writing a paper on the correlation between pascals triangle, probability and quadratic equations – I will never forget because it turned out to be so simple but the Head of Department thought it was brilliant.
As much as I would like to consider myself intelligent- most days I remember that I am somewhat average. But I was willing to stick my neck out and get that degree. Guess why? I didn’t want to be like anyone else, I wanted to set myself apart from all the other graduates. Do you know I ended up with a lot of scholarships for Women in science and Engineering despite my “average” grades?
I graduated with a C+ GPA equivalent. But beat this – In my graduating class of 3,000 graduates ( I attended a public University in NY) only 23 people graduated from the department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics. Of those 23, 3 were women of those 3, I was the only black female.
I have never applied for a job, gotten called for an interview and not get offered the job – many times I decline if the package is not favourable to me. People generally form an opinion of you from your cv. The consensus is that I am intelligent- meanwhile I use the calculator on my phone like everybody else. I went on to do an MBA in finance and lets just say I graduated with almost a perfect GPA – I am kinda smart afterall.
My question to you today is where are you going and what are you willing to do to get there?
Right now I am going to be a school owner and I am scrapping up my money and efforts to get there. When will I get there? I have set my own timeline to get there.
On another note both of my kids decided to walk together yesterday so I am busy trying to hide stuff around my house. I have 2 9 month old banshees on the loose.