When I was applying for the University of Tulsa, one of the prompts regarded what I thought made me a forward-thinker. The dictionary defines forward-thinking as “planning or tending to plan for the future; forward-looking.”
This got me thinking about if I was a good forward thinker, and ways that I could improve in that area. I recently won second place in a highly competitive state art contest called the Sutton Aviary Awards with a collage of a butterfly I made out of recycled material (playing on the whole idea of conservation, recycling, etc…). Placing second meant my work was put on display at the Nature Works Art Show at the Renaissance hotel in Tulsa, which (I didn’t know this at the time) is the most prestigious art show in Oklahoma and one of the top fifteen in the country.
All that being said, at the art show I talked with several extremely talented artists about how they reached the point that they are at, and they all said something along these lines: they always knew what they wanted to do and they strived for it. That got me thinking, and I have realized that in order to reach my goal of becoming a NYT Bestseller, I have to continue my writing and marketing my platform. I know it seems like a long shot from the outside, but I believe I can do it and that means anything is possible. Being a forward thinker is very closely related to success, and I have taken it upon myself to become more of one, because I think that is what it will take to succeed.
Now I turn this on you, dear readers. Becoming a forward thinker is one of my new personal goals, and I encourage you to try to do the same. If you don’t already do it, start setting up short term and long term goals for yourself. They can be as simple as taking out the trash to something way out there like becoming a millionaire. Goals will give you something to strive for, and having something to strive for will make you a more productive person,
As always, feel free to comment on this post. Thank you for the support.
– Jesse Haynes