In my teenage years, I was constantly landing myself into trouble!
I didn’t see the point of doing any of the work my teachers assigned to me. Why should I? The way I saw it, adults did not understand me or my life! So there was no point in listening to the things adults said.
I was sick of being labeled a trouble maker! And not just being “labeled” a trouble maker; I was sick of being one! So I made the internal decision to create a future different than the one I was making for myself…a better future! A future in which others would look at my lifestyle and want a similar lifestyle. I wanted a future where I would be respected for the great things that I achieved; rather than the bad things that I had done.
I began reading books such as “7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens”, “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, and even “The 48 Laws of Power”. I quickly noticed a recurring theme in every book that I read.
IF I WANT TO CHANGE MY RESULTS, I FIRST HAVE TO CHANGE MY ACTIONS!
I made changes in the way I communicated so that I had more control over the outcomes of my interactions with others. Also, I changed my daily behaviors and habits, and made sure that these behaviors and habits matched up with the ideal future that I had envisioned in my mind.
If there are any young men out there who feel as though you are going to do what you wand to do and no one is going to stop you . . .you’re right! No one is going to stop you!
You will just continue doing what you want to do until you are 30 years old (living with your Mom) OR you can stop doing the stupid stuff and do what needs to be done so that you can have the future that you really want!
By Andrew Moody
Choice Not Chance Participant