Your Life is Up To You

by Alden Mills

My mom is my greatest influence. The day I was diagnosed with asthma and told by the doctor to lead a less active life and learn to play chess, Mom didn’t let the doctor finish his diagnosis. She made me wait outside his office then she told me, “No one decides what you can or cannot do. Your life is up to you.”  I didn’t recognize her as life-changing at first.

If you have a similar influence in your life, here’s my advice:

Focus on things you’re passionate about. Be persistent. I’ve failed many more times than I’ve succeeded. But I’ve become far more successful as a product of my persistence. 25 years later, I’m sharing this with others: Your only limits are your imagination, and your determination. It’s a slow transformation, but it’s a powerful one that will forever change you.