Opportunity and Hard Work

For the most part, I have always worked hard and fully committed to whatever I set out to do.  Generally speaking…

I’ve also had great opportunities in life. Graduating high school, regardless of hard work and good grades, my guidance counselor advised that I not pursue college because all I could “reasonably” expect to be is a wife, secretary or a housekeeper – none of which require a college degree. Therefore, as life would have it, I went on to get a job as a secretary and worked hard. Growing up, I remember my mom, relatives and some of the elders in the community would say, “don’t half do it,” “half-stepping won’t get you anywhere,”  or “if you’re not going to commit to doing it right, don’t do it at all.

I appreciate having a life of hard work, perseverance, opportunity, and in spite of any challenges I’ve faced, favor.

As a hard-working secretary, I got the opportunity to work for someone who believed I could do more, be more, and have more. He mentored, guided, and inspired me to apply my “hard work” ethic toward an education. In the beginning, I painstakingly took one course at a time. It may have taken me longer than some and I didn’t always have extra money or time to do some of the things I wanted to do-with friend and family-but eventually, as I persevered I graduated from college with honors. I graduated magna cum laude and served as class Vice President. Consequently, I went on to get an MBA, have an amazing career, travel, become a mentor, and earn awards, and accolades. I even now teach as a college professor. While there is nothing wrong with choosing to be a wife, secretary, or housekeeper, I am grateful for the opportunity to work hard and have more.

Blessed with the opportunity to work hard as a secretary for Dr. Vin Sahney. Favor prevailed and my future was forever altered.




Lynn F Austin, MBA, is an author and speaker.   Her messages reflect her courage and commitment against fear, doubt, and disbelief.  She is dedicated to serving causes impacting domestic violence and at-risk youth.

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