When I was in high school, I constantly wished to be the best. I studied hard, got along with friends well, participated in many activities such as English debate competition, inventing group and student council. I did what I liked to do, but also thought, “These will lead me to the best.” I hoped to have a good score on tests, to enter the university that I wanted to go to, and to get a good job to make a lot of money. But things didn’t go easily. I flunked my test, and I couldn’t enter the university that I wanted to go to. In my short twenty-three years, that was the most devastating moment.
However, looking back, without my “passionate” past time, I wouldn’t be happy nowadays. Even though the result was out of my expectations, the experience itself was never wrong. I should not have regretted the fact I did what I wanted to do.
There was a time when I was worried about getting low scores if I took a second major. One professor that I interviewed said, “Do not hesitate to do what you want. It is okay to fail; what’s not okay is that you miss things that you really want to do. Nowadays too many students let go of it.” What he said was just part of the interview, but at that moment, it was toward me. Therefore, I started my second major in Business Administration, not only getting good lessons but also studying what I was actually interested in. For now, I don’t know if this will do any good, but the fact I enjoy it makes it valuable.
Steve Jobs said this famous quote at the commencement speech of Stanford University in 2005: “You cannot connect dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” Do the best in whatever you can or want to do. Or do what you hate to do, or never expected to do. You will learn from it, and you will grow through it.