As a teenager growing up, society has taught us to aim for greatness, and seek nothing less. Have you ever worked extremely hard, but was sadly disappointed when you didn’t reap the benefits of your efforts, but still found yourself standing at the end of the line? I can attest to that. What confuses me is people who didn’t work nearly as hard as I have, and still manage to come out on top. I honestly find myself competing with the kid that either skips class, or falls asleep and drools on his assignment, which is more than aggravating. To make matters worse is that I begin to doubt myself, and create strategies in my head like “maybe if I put in less work, I will get ahead farther than where I am now”. Since the beginning of my early school years, I was always taught that in life, you get out what you put in. I have applied that not only to my academic accomplishments, but also to my everyday life as well. Recently I was reading an article when I came across a statement that Bill Gates said and I quote “I always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job because he will find an easy way to do it.” (Bill Gates, The Telegraph UK) If there is any truth to this statement , perhaps I need to reevaluate my personal approach to successes. Now I’m not saying that I don’t have lazy or procrastination tendencies, because I absolutely do, however in my opinion the difference between the guy who worked hard and the guy who hardly worked was, he had a network of people supporting him. I’m not talking about the uncles and aunts telling him he’s going to be just fine in life, I’m referring to others such as his old college buddies’ dad’s brother’s wife’s boss who is looking for someone to fill a job position and he just happened to fit the bill. It’s apparent to me it’s not what you know it’s who you know. As I am progressing along in my academic journey,one can only wonder if the years of investing in my education would produce the outcome that will ever meet my expectations. Again, what confuses me most in life is that although opportunities are not fairly distributed at times, individually we have the ability to challenge ourselves to become the best, and perhaps whatever the hand that life deals us, our preparation will lead us to our success.