My wife once told me that I was one of the luckiest people she had ever met. I seem to get everything I go after. I honestly had never really thought about it but looking back over my life I guess she’s right. As a child my dream was to go to Disneyland and since I had never been outside of England at the time it seemed almost impossible. But just before my 9th birthday that came true. Then I dreamt of studying in America and despite both my parents being against it somehow I wore them down and when I was 18 off I went to California to attend Pitzer College. Then I decided to study abroad at Kansai Gaidai, which I did a year later and was actually the youngest student ever to attend their program. After graduation I worked in Japan as a teacher at a small growing school but wanted more and low and behold, 2 years later, I had started my own school (Smith’s 英会話 Hirakata). My father’s friend gave me a hotel voucher for 4 nights stay at a hotel in the Maldives which was another dream of mine. I married the woman of my dreams. I even survived the tsunami. I have a beautiful son. Wonderful students. And of course, parents that supported me at everything I chose to do. So yes, I guess I am lucky.
You might be asking yourself, “Well, what’s your secret?” I wish I had a better answer than the one I’m going to give you but it comes in two parts…part 1 – ask, ask and keep asking because you will never know if you don’t. part 2 – never give up. Simple right?!
In life we’re all lucky…and at times unlucky. Focus on the good, not the bad, and you’ll be amazed at what you comes your way.