Tremendous potential exists in everyone, I think. I’ve met confident, energetic and enthusiastic high school and college students who have the potential to reshape their world. Their bold plans for advanced education and fulfilling careers are clear signs of organized goal setting.
I didn’t diligently plan my education or career pathway. I loosely planned one logical step after another to improve my employability, and it started with me pursuing a four year Air Force ROTC scholarship to pay for an undergrad degree at a private military college. To attend Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont, “The Military College of Vermont,” seemed like a logical step to a career in the military.
Unforeseen obstacles can derail a well planned career path, though, so flexibility and diligence are virtues.
A bump in the road for me was when my four-year ROTC scholarship didn’t become a reality. I had tested with the Air Force for a four-year 'Pilot' scholarship before starting at Norwich, but was informed AFTER starting my first semester at the school that I needed 20-20 eyesight for Pilot scholarship acceptance. The problem was my parents had burned through ALL the college money they had saved for me to satisfy the first semester fee$!
Don’t let temporary barriers be anything more than temporary. Some things that happen are out of your control, but an open mind and a flexible plan can overcome anything.
So be prepared, as best you can, for unanticipated diversions. I was in the middle of my first semester at Norwich when the four-year ROTC scholarship bombed, but I immediately requested a 3 ½ year navigator/engineer scholarship and it was awarded to me in December. I was back on track attending Norwich with the potential of becoming an Air Force navigator.
"If a man does not know what port he is steering for, no wind is favorable to him."