Economic Well-Being

Life Lessons I’ve Learned While Growing Up

While growing up, I’ve learned a lot of lessons that have helped me see how I can become a successful person. The people around me, especially my family, also give me advice on how I can be successful. My dad tells me to never to fall back into bad habits and focus on positive things so those good things will come my way. My mom tells me to hang out with people who are passionate and that want to be successful in life. My sister tells me to think about how something I do now will impact me later in life. They are all right.

To me, learning from mistakes will turn you into a successful person.

Like most people, I’ve made good decisions and I’ve made bad ones too. But something I’ve learned from my experience growing up is that, when you make a bad decision, you always have to learn from your mistakes. If you don’t learn from where you went wrong and see where you can improve in the future, then you are not going to grow in life. To me, learning from mistakes will turn you into a successful person.

An example of a time I learned from a mistake was when I broke my Xbox controller after getting frustrated over a game of NBA 2K. The pieces flew everywhere, and I realized that I had let my emotions get the best of me over a video game. I tried hiding the pieces in my room but eventually, my dad found out and it was downhill from there. I got grounded for like a month.

Though I didn’t realize it at the time, this moment helped me see the difference between a good decision and a bad decision. When you make a good decision, there is always a positive outcome in the end, even if it requires a little more work or discipline at the beginning. An example could be doing your homework on time or getting enough sleep. If you don’t follow these specific standards, then you’ll either fall behind or put yourself in a situation where it’s hard to get out of. That’s why you need to prepare ahead of time instead of doing it the day before or the day it comes.

On the other hand, a bad decision might seem easy at first, but it usually leads to negative consequences further down the road, like breaking your favorite Xbox controller, eating unhealthy food or hanging out with the wrong group of friends and getting in trouble.

Making good and bad decisions can also apply to bigger things in life, like deciding to pursue your dreams. My family and friends always tell me, whatever dream you have, don’t give up on it and come up with a plan to make it possible. My dream is to be the best rapper in the world. If I want to accomplish this goal, I have to develop a plan to do it and, more importantly, make good decisions along the way. This means making time to record and work on my skills and surrounding myself with people who support my dreams.

Overall, I think making good decisions means putting yourself in the best position to be successful instead of doing things that might set you back. Life can get hard sometimes, but you have to push yourself to make the tough choices that will get you to where you want to go.

As long as I keep working hard and keep making decisions that will bring good to me then, in the end, everything will work out.

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  • John Reilly

    Thanks for the encouragement through your story. Some of us have to be reminded on such simple things as every decision has consequences. Getting enough sleep stuck out to me. Storys are the premier way to reveal truth. I liked your last line” everything will work out”, a reminder of Jesus’ words regaurding worry.

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