My personal experience with my parents has been a lot of back and forth, but I know deep down they support my decisions

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So many people I know resent their parents for making them choose careers because they wanted them to.

Common paths after high school that kids are pressured into doing include going to college, becoming a nurse, becoming an engineer, or joining the military.

There is no doubt that parents want the best for their children. In my case, my parents have blessed me with the freedom to choose my own path to succeed on my own — until recently.

My parents weren’t too thrilled that I quit a job that was paying me $21/per hour, but I had to think to myself if the money was worth it or sustainable. …


There aren’t many ways I’d want to go out, and a plane crash definitely isn’t one of them

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It’s the year 2013, and I’m flying from Germany to the Philippines with my family for my cousin’s wedding.

At this point, I’m only thirteen years old, and I was asked to be the best man. Pretty crazy, right?

Anyhow, my family and I were on our flight for our twelve-hour flight when things got spicy.

The spicy pretzels the servers brought us were definitely spicy, but that’s not what I’m talking about.

Halfway through the flight, the plane was literally free-falling for a good fifteen seconds, and guess where I was?

The bathroom.

My head banged against the ceiling because gravity was winning that battle, and I genuinely believed I was going to die that day. …

This Super Bowl Champion is one of the most influential players in the NFL that people look up to

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Russell Wilson

The most optimistic athlete in the entire United States is Russell freaking Wilson.

Being drafted into the NFL with the 75th pick by the Seattle Seahawks in the third round means that he was low-value at the time.

In hindsight, all 31 other franchises who failed to draft him regret not drafting him. They could have had this dynamic leader on their team.

Russell never loses hope, has won a Super Bowl, and always gives motivational speeches. We can’t overlook his down-to-earth interviews either.

Here are three quotes from Russell Wilson that will make you a more optimistic individual.

Quote #1

My height doesn’t define my skill set. To be a great quarterback, you have to have great leadership, great attention to detail and a relentless competitive nature — and I try to bring that on a daily basis. …


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