Saturday, 15 February 2014

PURSUING HAPPINESS: Dreams and Determination

Celebrating African Heritage this month it is fitting that I post this movie trailer and tell you about another movie I had the chance to see yesterday with students and staff from my school. The 'Pursuit of Happyness', as you will see in the clip below, is a heart-warming story about a single father driven to succeed against all odds in the business world to make a better life for he and his son. Yesterday I had the great opportunity to see the movie 'Nelson Mandela: Long Road to Freedom' and had the chance to learn about a man that spent his life, and much of it in prison, fighting to end apartheid in South Africa and fighting for equal rights there and around the world.

Both movies are about ordinary men with a vision and a dream whom are driven to succeed. The driving force outside of that vision for the two are the road blocks and walls put up by those around them, a determination beyond measure, and the ability to avoid giving in to failure.

Pursuing happiness comes in many different forms for each of us. It is important to know your strengths and understand your weaknesses and continue to work on both. It is equally important to find what you are good at and be happy doing what you are doing. Don't be afraid of change and a challenge. Obstacles are there to climb over or go around and are meant to make you better. Have dreams, make goals, and be determined to go after them with unwavering resolve!

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