Take That First Step by guest blogger, Chantal Bechervaise
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” ~Mark Twain
At forty years old I just finished my last two courses to obtain my Applied Management Certificate and I am half way done my Human Resources Management certificate. I decided last year that it was time for me to return to school and do something.
I have always had a passion for learning and trying new things. I have taken courses here and there over the years. I read as much as I can and participate in webinars, sessions, anything I can get my hands on that interests me and allows me to learn and grow.
What many people don’t know (or don’t realize) about me is that I dropped out of University. I never got a bachelor’s degree or anything like that. I started but decided that the path that I was on was not the right one for me.
So, I started working full time.
My career path has been interesting and has taken many twists. I discovered over the years what I really enjoy doing and what I am passionate about and good at. I am grateful for all the experiences that I have had and everything I have learned along the way.
Over the past few years I felt like something was missing and that I still needed to accomplish something. I wasn’t quite sure what but I knew that I had to go back to school.
I procrastinated and found excuse after excuse not to go back to school. I didn’t really need to so why bother now?
Then last year an opportunity presented itself to me and I took a leap and went back – part time – taking 2 classes a semester including the summer. I was determined to do something and get it done.
All I needed to do was take that first step and take action. Momentum started to build and now I have one certificate and on my way to another.
What did I learn from all of this (besides all the course material)?
That you are never too old to do something new or accomplish something, so don’t let age stop you.
To succeed you need to take that first step….it’s the hardest but worth it. Taking that first step makes it easier to take another, and another which leads you down the most unexpected paths.
Will you always succeed? Maybe not – but you won’t know if you don’t try.