The Measure of Success Essay

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The Measure of Success

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” is a familiar, yet complex, question that every child at some time or another has been asked. As a child, it is essentially simple to decide what to be; but as that child grows up his or her ideas and passions change. Passion is what drives people to further their education. Everyone has a dream about what their career might look like once they reach adulthood. It is ultimately what we decide to do with our life that determines how successful one can be. This takes a lot of hard work, curiosity, the ability to think critically, and the support of family and teachers. In the articles “Thinking Critically, Challenging Cultural Myths” by Gary Colombo, “The Achievement of
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When becoming a student new skills are taught on how to be successful and if students would just take the time to apply these skills they could work for everyone. Students need to have a certain level of curiosity and in order to do so they need to be able to think critically. Curiosity is a necessary component to achieving academic success. Without this there is no desire to continue learning. Curiosity is what makes students wonder about all that is out there in this great big world. Rodriguez must have had a very high level of curiosity to be able to achieve everything that he achieved. That curiosity is evident here “After dinner, I would rush to a bedroom with papers and books…Eager. Fascinated by the promising texture of a brand-new book….I rarely looked away from my books…” (199-200). Rodriguez demonstrates that he would do anything to be able to devote all his time to his books. He enjoyed learning all that he could possibly learn. Rodriguez did not seem to care “at what cost” he got his education; he wanted to better himself in order to be successful. This level of curiosity has taken Rodriguez high up on the academic ladder. Another component to climbing the ladder of success is to be able to think critically. Thinking critically is far more challenging than one might initially think. A student must
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