When tears and frustration pile up; you must fight for what you really want in this life. It’s when that ol’ saying: ‘being sick and tired, of being sick and tired’ becomes a reality. Well, here’s when it became mine…
After a while of being told that you’re not good enough, you begin to wonder if it’s true?
STUCK IN THE SAME PLACE
Imagine being in a familiar place. Where everyone around you seems to be succeeding. But you’re stuck in the same place. You imagine your success and how it could be. But, no matter how much effort you exert; this illusive success cannot be attained.
“Why is that?”
I continually asked myself this question. Why does it seem there is an invisible bubble that blocks me from getting to the place the “successful” people are at? “What did I do wrong?” It’s right in front of me, but so unattainable.
Back in college I was working security during the graveyard shift at Nike, while I was going to school during the day. I saw so many happy faces; and I so desperately wanted to be one of them. So I searched and searched for any opportunities to put myself in better situation.
Surprisingly, I found an internship where I was accepted and fully embraced. It was for students of color. And If I kept a 3.0 GPA along with a science related major I was in.
After gaining the membership into the internship program, I thought I would be on my way to that magical place of success. I continued with my studies holding at least a B or above average. I put in all my volunteer hours. And I waited approximately six months for the opportunity of a lifetime. In my head, I thought to myself “I finally made it!”
My resume´ was spotless. The internship program requirements were met. My experience was flawless. I was a Nike employee. The only thing I needed to do was make a great impression for the phone call, and get a face to face interview.
THEY DIDN’T WANT ME
And when that phone rang, I knew without a doubt I had the rest of my life planned out. Fast forward twenty-minutes later… I was a complete wreck. They didn’t want me. I was under qualified?
As I paced back-and-forth in my apartment, I continued to say the following “it doesn’t make any sense not to hire a student that doesn’t have experience.” This has to be a mistake. As I pondered “Why don’t they want me?”
This was first of many no’s to come. Everything that I worked so hard for began to unravel. My studies didn’t stay at a 3.0. (I almost even dropped out of college.)
One day I did some true soul-searching. It’s amazing how rejection can steer you back towards your true journey in life.
It was at that moment I remembered why I wanted to go in the tech sector. I wanted to earn enough money to fund my true endeavors of going out in the community and making a difference. The social entrepreneur shift was taking place, but I was clueless to the signs. Even though I didn’t know what the end looked like, I realized it was going to take more than just a comfortable tech job.
I needed to realize my dream and become a social entrepreneur. Social entrepreneurship is the use of the techniques by start up companies and other entrepreneurs to develop, fund and implement solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues (source wikipedia)
MY INVISIBLE BUBBLE
-Nathan A. Webster
Nathan is the co-founder of NW & Associates and founded Dream Big Community Center. He was born and raised in Vancouver, WA. His hobbies are soccer, bowling, and fishing. He graduated in 1996. Five days later he was on the yellow footprints of MCRD (Marine Corps Recruit Depot) San Diego. Blessed to serve his country in the United States Marine Corps for four honorable years. He proceeded with his education earning his Masters in Business Administration. During is college career, he found his passion by becoming a Social Entrepreneur. Also known as a strategist, website builder, and instructor.
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