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how did u get to were u at

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Alecia’s Answer

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Hard work, positive outlook, and a can-do attitude.
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Allan’s Answer

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When I was deciding what I wanted to do as a career I answered some real important questions. One was that I wanted to help other people have a better quality of life. My desire to work with my hands and create a finished product. Also wanted my own business. By answering those three questions there are many industries that one can choose. I choose to become an Optician. So knowing that I wanted to be a business man I earned a Bachelor Science degree in Accounting along with being schooled and trained to become an Optician. The next step was to take my exam to become a Licensed Optician. Which I did and achieved my State License.

After gaining some experience as an Optician I opened my own business. Eventually I had three Optical offices. I sold one of my offices and ran my businesses for 36 years. It was a great ride and I helped many customers along the way.

When I left my businesses I wanted to keep working and wondered what my next chapter would be. Luckily with my Optical License, Education and experience I took a job at a great company named Warby Parker. They treat all their employees very well but having a Optician License was in demand and I had many offers to choose from.

So pick a career that you love to do and that is in demand. So if you are lucky to choose an occupation that you love to do then you will not have to work a day in your life.
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John’s Answer

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At first, I moved away from pain and tried to find adventure. That got me to move out of my house and join the U.S. Army and eventually get married. Later I sat down and put a lot of thought into just what I wanted out of life, who do I want to be as a person, and then I made a plan to get there. My plan has carried me through two marriages, six kids, three grandkids, and nearly 30 years in the military. I became an officer, got a bachelor's degree, and then a master's degree. Each year I revise my plan, I look for options and seek out advice. When something has gone wrong, I review my plan, my option, and review what happened. More than once I have stopped everything, and after careful review, choose to go into another direction entirely.

So how did I get here? I worked hard, remained flexible and when needing to, I took a step backward to take two steps forward. Never shy away from a challenge and when the idea of something new scared me I found a friend and did it anyway.

Be fearless or at least don't let them tell you that you can't do something.
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Andrew’s Answer

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Well, there will be as many different answers as individuals who are asked this question. Therefore, I can only answer your question based on my own experience.

I am a Ph.D. research scientist in Geophysics, working as a scientific consultant at NASA for two decades, followed by an academic appointment as Professor of Mathematics and Statistics for over a decade before my retirement recently.

How did I get to where I were at? The answer is hard work, hard work, and hard work.

It is important to keep in mind that, in order to get to our goal, we have to work hard and persevere in face of obstacles along our path. Furthermore, we should be ready to make the necessary sacrifice at times.

There will be failures and defeats along the way. I suffered failures and defeats at times, but only to consider them as valuable lessons to be learned for later successes. Keep your eyes at the prize. Do not give up easily, and do not be distracted by anything that will take you away from your destination.
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Haley’s Answer

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Connections.

I would say for me it was all about connections. I took a job at a great company that I knew I wanted to work for, but wasn't sure the specific job was for me long term. A lot of times once you get your foot in the door at a company, moving into another position is a lot easier than applying from the outside (which I have just recently done). I would suggest attending career fairs and talking to your advisor about opportunities at companies you are interested in working for. I actually got into my current job via a recommendation from a family friend.
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TIMOTHY’s Answer

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Jeremy, what an incredible question!
My answer is i did exactly what you’re doing. I found mentors, people I admired, people I wanted to be like and learned what they did.
In college, I became obsessed with Malcolm X and Lyndon B. Johnson. Why those two? I found I could relate to a part of their story. This fired my own drive to succeed.
After college, like you, I continued to ask questions. I listened to understand, not to respond. I gravitated not to people necessarily in my career path but those who had wisdom. I’ve made it to where I am now by following the advice of those who’ve walked the walked. Keep asking yourself this question and you won’t regret a day in your life. Thanks Jeremy.
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Dora’s Answer

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keep your passion, hard working, never give up, always reflecting
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Jake’s Answer

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By accepting opportunities and being adaptable. I was willing to volunteer for the jobs nobody else wanted. I tried things that others hesitated to do. I realized early on that life is about change and the quicker you adapt to it, the better.
The same thing worked in my professional career. I didn't stay complacent and asked for new assignments or roles throughout my years.
This allowed me to gain experience and perspective that others did not have.

The last part is to never be scared to ask for help or development. I have asked many people over the years to help me develop new skills that were necessary for advancement. The old saying holds very true. "The squeaky wheel gets the grease."
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Jennifer’s Answer

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For me it all started with a screen printing class in the 11th grade. I always was creative but I was in love with this new skill. I originally thought I would go into something "science" related but soon after taking this elective I ended up switching my senior year classes to all art/design. I then applied to a design school! I've been a graphic designer in one way or another for almost 20 years. I feel that my can-do attitude and urge to learn has gotten me to where I am today!
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Lyndsey J’s Answer

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I’ve always been into painting and color my entire life it’s always been a passion of mine I actually started out as a hair colorist and dabbled with paint on canvas and found that it was a passion of mine. I experimented and played around for quite a few years I’ve taken classes I’m taking college courses I’ve mentored other artists I also got into building websites marketing and branding. Being an artist and painting is just part of the puzzle getting your work out there and getting your name out there can be a lot of fun but it is hard work. I’ve done a lot of networking, a lot of showing my work at fairs and markets. i’ve dealt a website and sell my paintings on that website and I have also put my paintings on other social media sites to get my name out there and I think he is seen by the right people. Get to know other artists and network with them get to know gallery owners immerse yourself in the field as I’ve done. I’m in emerging artist still and I’m getting my name and work out there by doing all of the things above above. It’s an every day thing painting is about 10% of what I do marketing and branding and being seen in the public eye is 90% of being an artist. It might seem like a lot of work but at the same time it’s extremely rewarding. If you’d like to know more about my story you can always check out my website it tells you kind of how I started and where I Matt or you can ask any other questions that she liked. I hope that this helps you! Take care and enjoy painting if it’s your passion you will be great and successful.
Lyndsey
Fluid Canvas Art Studio
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James’s Answer

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Hard work, Positive attitude and a can do attitude . :) Good luck with what you want todo!
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