Who Are We Seeking To Become?

from Seth’s Blog

We get what we invest in. The time we spend comes back, with interest.

If you practice five minutes of new, difficult banjo music every day, you’ll become a better banjo player. If you spend a little bit more time each day whining or feeling ashamed, that behavior will become part of you. The words you type, the people you hang with, the media you consume…

The difference between who you are now and who you were five years ago is largely due to how you’ve spent your time along the way.

The habits we groove become who we are, one minute at a time. A small thing, repeated, is not a small thing.

[And the same thing is true for brands, organizations and movements.]

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54 Responses to Who Are We Seeking To Become?

  1. Guy Barbano April 28, 2017 at 12:00 pm #

    Everyone at some point has asked themselves who are they? Or what do I want to be? We all are searching to find out who we will become one day. Or what our life has instore for us. The thing is though if we spend all this time searching to try and find out who we will become. We will never find it. In order to become who we are instead of searching for it is easy just do. If we search and try and become something we truly are not are we investing in our true selves or someone we merely wish to mimic? If we instead do things we want and not what we see other do then we will soon find our true calling and what we should be doing. If you were to examine yourself from 5 years ago or even 1 year ago would you say you have changed? And if so would you say certain actions are the reason you changed or are the way you are? Because of this it shows who we really are sometimes. Habits we enjoy like playing an instrument or a sport shows what we like to do and invest ourselves in. As an example people who excelled at sports sometimes were able to develop very good cooperation traits or leadership qualities. Same for people who excelled at an instrument it shows the quality and dedication and the ability to focus on certain topics or pieces. This are very board and not always accurate assumptions but they show how as a youth the time we took to invest into our own future to see who we really should or want to become as a whole. Seth has a statement at the very beginning of his prompt “We get what we invest in” which is very interesting and a true statement. If you dedicate no time to an activity do not expect to get anything out of it. It is like practicing a sport or studying the more you practice a sport the better you will get at it or same with studying the more you study the better you will do on the test or pick up new knowledge on a topic. With doing that you actually invest time in to things you enjoy and become the person you are destined to be. Not the person you want to be by doing activities that you do not truly want to do. If think if we all were to take a step back and examine our lives and what we have done already we find things or events we did that truly wasn’t us. I am not saying it is a bad thing we all do it. With those events in our lives I believe this is how we find who we are truly destined to become not the image of someone else we see or want to be like.

  2. Anthony Laverde April 28, 2017 at 12:04 pm #

    I have always been a firm believer in the saying “you are who you hang out with.” The people you are constantly around say a lot about the person you are, the things you like, and they inevitably have some sort of influence over you. That is why click form, social circles. There are the burn outs, the nerds, the jocks, all for lack of a better word, but the same concept applies. We pick are friends based on personality, similar interests, and similar disliked. For example, I knew in high school, who was going to graduate and move on with their lives, and who were going to graduate at stay home doing pretty much nothing of significance for the next couple of years. It was easy to tell based off of what people did, how they acted, and who the hung out with. That is why I am blessed to have grown up with the friends that I did. My small circle of friends consists of about 6 people, including myself. We are all now in college, three of us on track for business degrees, two on track for education, another for psychology, and the last for architecture and interior design. One of my friends and I have already started a business, and have become profitable in our first year. I do not have to constantly bug or hassle him in order to get the things done that need to be done for the business, he just does them, because that is the person he is. We are both driven, and determined to make money and be successful in life at the early age. The other business major is a declared finance major, and he has already secured a job working at bank of america at 18 years old. He also already has an extensive investment portfolio. My three other friends are all currently getting a free education thanks to scholarships on their respective field. The design major is even already getting pair to professionally photograph for some local businesses who liked his resume and current portfolio of pictures (he also loves and is good at photography).

    As their lifelong friend since childhood, I want to see them all succeed, as they all want me and each other to succeed as well. That is why it brings me great joy to see us all succeeding and doing well so far in life; we are all setting ourselves up for success in the long run big picture. It is also for that reason that it pains to me see other people who just don not care as much or take things as seriously as they should.I left for college across the country, and people told me that I would come home, whenever I did, and see the same people doing the same things they were doing in high school, nothing! It sucks because they were the exact same people who I could tell would do nothing. And to make things worse, their entire friend groups were also doing nothing, not going to school, living at home, had a job that paid minimum wage, it was sad. It proves to me that we really are who we hang out with; these are the people who influence us the most, we always see them, we are like minded people. Choose your friends wisely!

  3. George Tannous April 28, 2017 at 1:23 pm #

    At some point we all question what we want to accomplish in life. Who we are looking to be and what are we seeking to accomplish is very important to our identities. This is because we act in certain ways that enable this idea of future-selves to manifest. If we have low ambitions and do not want to go through temporary struggle, then we are only putting ourselves in one position which is to fail and live a harder life. Some people are content with being normal or working in a paycheck to paycheck life, and these people are one’s you do not want to emulate or associate with unless you want to follow their rout. These type of people follow wrong roads and have negative aspirations which will only lead one to one place. As Seth states, we need to surround ourselves with objects and entities that have similar aspirations or identity to what we want to become. If we expect to evolve and become better and smarter, a lifestyle change goes along with it. One cannot go halfway and say they will become a doctor but simultaneously party every night and do wrongful things. Discipline is required for any end result and this means one has to make tough choices in order to become who they want to be. Instead of hanging out with a friend who is constantly promoting negativity and wrongfulness, it is our job to step in and deviate ourselves from these people. It is completely necessary to do so, especially with the competitive world we live in where we need any given edge possible. Instead of associating with a negative person, one will gain more knowledge by talking to someone for 10 minutes who has a drive to become something.
    At times we get stuck on this linear paradigm and do the same things each day without thinking logically. We may go through each day not looking at the bigger picture and just doing what is immediately stimulating. This is a recipe for disaster since overlooking the future means one is not being prepared for the future. In a world like it is today, we need to be as prepared and ahead of the game as anybody else. At any given time one is not only competing with people of their same caliber, but those who are already established. If we are not constantly improving ourselves then we are falling behind because everybody else is improving. It is essential that each day we set personal goals and objectives to fill. This will assure that we are not wasting time by interacting with pointless and negative ventures. Gaining a habit which enables us to become better each day is very important as it will make so much difference. As Seth says, one who practices a banjo 5 minutes a day will be better than someone who doesn’t practice banjo at all. A couple of minutes a day to do anything important may seem like it is pointless but in the long run it adds up. We are investing in our futures when we make sure to stay on top of our gained habits. Commitment to our futures is such an important factor but we sometimes get lost and forget about our commitments. We make promises to ourselves but simultaneously lose track and this is not a good track to be on. Focus and dedication is the key to almost accomplishing everything and anything we want.

  4. Nicholas Thomas April 28, 2017 at 5:53 pm #

    Seth really hit the nail on the head with the phrase “we get what we invest.” This quote can apply to nearly every aspect of one’s life and personality. People are no more nor less than how they choose to use their time. If one want to be good at playing the guitar, he or she needs to practice; if one want to get a good grade on the test, he or she needs to study. However, these are superficial results in comparison to the over arching question Seth raises, who are we? Is a person’s identity something he or she makes through practice, is a person’s identity something that is needs to be uncovered, and searched for, or is it a person’s “default state” of existing? Our society makes one’s identity sound like something we have to search for.
    From a natural perspective, I believe people are naturally lazy. One’s “default state” is a state where one simply “gets by,” and never puts any effort into what one is doing. It is easy to whine, make excuses, or blame people, including ourselves, and society for why one is the way he or she is. These same people who whine make the excuse that “it is unfair,” and to those people I will say nothing is fair or guaranteed in life. To get to where we want to be, and who we want to be we must practice the qualities we seek. If one want to be seen as patient, he or she must act patiently. If one want to be muscular, he or she must exercise. To Seth’s point, if we practice something every day then that qualities or skill slowly becomes a part of us. Moreover, I would like to add to Seth’s point that people are different from who they were five years ago. While I agree with this point, I argue it further that people are different from who they were five minutes ago. People are different with every decision they make. For example, I was not going to write this journal. I have already done more than the required number of comment blogs, I am tired, and want to sleep, but chose still chose to do this final blog. My choice to do this blog is not some tremendous hardship, but it does add to my dedication to my work and attitude towards school. I argue that I am more “driven” than I was when I was about to pack up my schoolwork. With this said, I think Guy raises an interesting question; does one search of his or her identity or assume his or her identity by doing what one enjoys. I think Guy makes an important distinction between one’s identity and ideal-self. One’s identity assumed by what one enjoys, and one’s ideal-self is what one wants to emulate. I believe the activities, and people one invests his or her time into should be according to one’s enjoyment, not by the advantages one may obtain. I do not think that one’s identity can be found, but is something that is always becoming and being refined. People should simply enjoy what they are doing.

  5. Jevon Mitchell April 28, 2017 at 6:03 pm #

    We are all familiar with the sayings “You reap what you sow,” “what goes around comes around” and “life is what you make it.” They all obviously have something in common and the fact that they are all so well-known should be self- explanatory as to why they should be taken seriously. This is because they are all so immensely true. You definitely get what you put into life, which is why you must surround yourself with, and output nothing but positivity, to receive it back multiplied. Our lives can be likened to that of a garden. You would not plant harmful seeds or allow weeds to grow in your garden because they would ruin the fruit that you have endlessly worked on maintaining. So just as a gardener must watch what they allow around their garden then remove any weeds once they are found, we must watch who we surround ourselves with because they will play a large part in the continuation of our lives. If you surround yourself with negative individuals, or weeds, your life will theoretically begin to be drained of its nutrients and go in a negative direction. Moreover, this is not a one-time action. At every step of life you must look around and consider what you are surrounding yourself with and how it’s either helping you to succeed or holding you back from what you really want. You just have to sit back and ask yourself “Who am I seeking to become?”
    This also relates back to the Paul Shaffer and Bill Murray pick me up “Happy Street” that was posted to this blog a few weeks ago. In the video, Murray mentions that sometimes it is your perspective on things that needs to change. Having a pessimistic outlook on life will only work to make you unhappy and unable to enjoy life’s simple pleasures. You also would end up blocking your blessings by being unhappy with what you currently have. Living like this will only lead to a miserable life where you constantly dread what you do not have. The reason that I stress this so much is because of happiness’ vital role in life overall. Being happy makes you feel much better, and you want to enjoy as much as you can out of life because it is short and you only get one of them. The law of attraction also argues a similar concept, whatever you consume or put out will attract things of the same nature so if you want to attract positive blessings that is what you must emit. Small habits also play a large part in this too. If you continuously partake in a bad habit thinking that it won’t have an effect because of its individual miniscule effect, these will eventually add up and next thing you know you are a completely different person because these small actions added up.

  6. Antoneta Sevo April 28, 2017 at 6:16 pm #

    The biggest questions we hear throughout life are “who are you” and “who do you want to become?” At first, they seem like intimidating questions, however we simply just overcomplicate the answer. Seth Godin states that who we are depends what we invest in. If we spend a small amount of time on something every day, we will eventually get better at it. The example Godin gives is learning difficult music on the banjo. If one spends five minutes each day, they will eventually become a better banjo player. He also says that how we behave, the words we type, the people we hang out with, and the media we consume, etc., it all becomes who we are. It defines what kind of person we are and how we will act in the future. If one wants to change, then it starts with their mentality and what they do on a daily basis. The little things truly make a big difference.

    I had endured some hard times in early high school and the fact that I surrounded myself with the wrong people did not help me at all. Luckily, I changed my ways and I eventually got on the right path for my four years at high school. I excelled in academics and my teachers and friends always encouraged me to do more. I became the president of a volunteer service program during my senior year. I was accepted to every single college I applied to with scholarships. The friends I surrounded myself with had a similar fate. We all attend a university across the state and some are in Philadelphia. One friend is an aerospace engineer major, another is in computer science and business, one is studying to become a neuro surgeon, three others are in biology and on the road to medical school and one is studying pharmaceuticals. We all pushed each other throughout high school in order to reach our fullest potential. It was refreshing to have people around you with the same interests and drive. I keep in contact with all of them and we continue to motivate each other even when we are not together. We help each other out whenever and that is something I would not have if I stuck to my old friends. I would be in the same town, and if I were lucky, would be attending a small community college. If I did not make those little changes to how I was behaving and whom I hung out with, I would definitely not be where I am today. It is essential to be aware of your actions and how they affect you in your own life. Every choice we make has an impact on who we are as people. By repeating certain small actions, those tend to turn into habits whether good or bad is up to you. I also believe in the quote from Steve Maraboli that says “If you surround yourself with clowns, don’t be surprised when your life resembles a circus.” We all have to be aware and change in order to become who we want to be.

  7. Owen Balseiro April 28, 2017 at 7:03 pm #

    “You are what you eat.” God if i have to hear those words again, i am probably going to break. But as much as I hate hearing those words, there is much truth to them. As Seth puts it “The habits we groove become who we are, one minute at a time. A small thing, repeated, is not a small thing.” “If you practice five minutes of new, difficult banjo music every day, you’ll become a better banjo player. If you spend a little bit more time each day whining or feeling ashamed, that behavior will become part of you. The words you type, the people you hang with, the media you consume…” It is why we are told “practice makes perfect” We are told from a very young age that if we strive to get good at anything we must practice it a lot. It is why we are given homework, so that we may repeat what we are taught in class. And as Seth puts very well “The difference between who you are now and who you were five years ago is largely due to how you’ve spent your time along the way.” What we chose to do with our free time shapes and molds us into who we are in the future. A personal example is how my friends and I interact. My best friends for most of my life met each other in sports and bonded over insulting each other and videogames in combination with sports. Since I constantly hung out with them, I got quite good at three things. Video games, insults and sports. We can see it a bit better in who our parents are and how they shape who we are. Be it in morals, political views and how we see the world. My Dad for example, doesn’t mince words very much. If you screw up, he will tell you and if he thinks you are doing something wrong he will let you know. And a lot of that has rubbed off on me. While I do not consider myself a conservative like him, we do see several issues like gun control the same way. And that is probably the case for almost everyone. Our parents shape who we are as much as we do. It is only once we get into college do we really get to see what other people think and how that lines up with our beliefs.

    How we spend our free time and who we spend it with, greatly impacts who we become in the future. It is literally how we become ourselves. And the best part if that in hindsight we can exactly see how we turned into the people we are. The bad news is that it is not as easy to do in the moment of everything. While we can guess the general location of where we will end up, it isn’t until we end up there, do we know how we got there in the first place.

  8. Benjamin Jaros April 28, 2017 at 7:31 pm #

    Seth just dropped some profound insight on us. His article gives me reason to pause and reflect upon the very actions and decisions I make daily.
    I recently have been learning guitar. I started by just aiming to play 15 minutes a day. Now I am significantly better at guitar. However, I am not great at the instrument, I am much better than I was two months ago when I started. This line is just resonating with me, “A small thing, repeated, is not a small thing.”
    How often we hear how our daily actions will become our habits, however, how often do we simultaneously ignore our desire to change due to the difficulty associated with learning a new habit. The difficulty however does not come from picking up the new habit, but in changing the old habit to conform to the reality that we desire more.
    Another applicable application I see in this comes from both men and women choosing work and their career over time that they could have spent with their family. How often do we movies or actually know people who choose their career over spending time with the family? Far too often in this country, a culture devoted to praising work ignores praising the most important thing in our lives, our families.
    Very few, if any people, on their deathbed say they wish they spent more time at work and less time with their family. Therefore, a daily habit that I thing is yield through this description is love. Love in small acts is forged into a structure beyond material comparison if created over a lifetime.
    Another key theme he touched upon is how this applies to not just us, but the organizations we are a part of. If a small thing is done consistently to help turnaround a failing organization, these actions will substantively change the culture in an organization.
    I see all of the failing institutions around me: higher education, healthcare, and respect for life. I wonder if these things will ever see the substantive change necessary that they will thrive. Only through small acts, done consistently will we make changes in this world. We need to love more. Complain a little less. Correction, complain a lot less. The world is changing quickly; however, it does so through small changes every day. Only through following these small actions will we be able to keep up with the changes of modernity.

  9. Erin Chan April 28, 2017 at 8:05 pm #

    Hobbies are not the skills of survival, nor the means of seeking results. Psychological counseling is not my hobby, but my career, I do not want to consult for the loss of weekend rest and exercise fitness is not my hobby, but I am in order to maintain the means of physical and physical. Hobbies are what you are willing to pay for time and sweat of something, you can step by step to see their progress, but not necessarily to achieve the achievements. He is what you really love, simply like a few days do not touch on the heart itch. There are no other purposes. Many people’s life is not happy, the truth is very simple, that is, in addition to work and consumption, there is no one can become a spiritual pillar of love. Whether it is rock climbing, or playing chess oil painting, or ballet tango, or guzheng harp. People to meet the warm and safe, the need for spiritual world rich. The spiritual world is the basis of the composition of personality, it makes people more clear self-awareness – who am I? What am I doing? Why am I alive?

    Some hobbies with social function, bring a sense of belonging, you will really feel that they are a social individual. Climbing, the knot of the group is to deliver the trust of each other’s life; chess, the two sides are competing to explore. Hobbies can be recognized, the recognition of others represents a sense of honor, people will think you have perseverance, wisdom, there is the pursuit. Some people like to be alone, reading, running, skiing, lonely movement to get self-fulfilling. All love is inevitable to pay, or compromise. Hobbies can help people learn how to deal with their needs and external relations. In other words, hobbies let us know how to love. Climbing will be tired, fingers will be worn, from the cocoon; skiing will endure the cold, the piano will be fingers blistering. But because I love, so I am willing to pay these costs. Love is measured by paying, let people know how to pay the relationship with the return. People are more relaxed to deal with their own interpersonal relationships, colleagues, friends, marriage, etc. love is not utilitarian, not at the beginning I want to pay these things can bring me any return. Just just like, miss, so you are willing to pay. So, will naturally get the return on the mind.

    I think people are very short in this life but want to build a good hobby time is very long Some people use a lifetime to do one thing and is like something I feel so happy I also want to build my own hobbies But that needs to stick I have to set myself a goal I want to overcome their own difficulties I must do.Everyone is unique, everyone has their own way of thinking, the principle of doing things, this may be due to childhood behavior habits to develop Related to personal experience. Everyone has to pursue, have like and do not like, with the life will happen to some changes.

  10. Julian Manzano April 28, 2017 at 8:21 pm #

    I believe the mindset that is discussed in this article is extremely true. I have lived by this “you get what you put in” mindset for my whole life, and it has gotten me this far. I believe that if you want to achieve great things, you need to put in great effort, because nothing good in life comes easy, and nothing is guaranteed except death and taxes. This has been instilled in me since a young age by my father who always gave me tough love, so that way I was prepared for the world. The example of the banjo in this blog post is a perfect example of how your actions shape who you become. If you put the slightest bit of effort in trying to learn something hard and new everyday, eventually, you will become great at it. If you sit back and whine and complain about it everyday, you will not gain anything and you will be just a person who whines and complains.
    I feel like Professor Shannon has also taught us through this mindset. This is one of the many things, besides Business Law, that Professor Shannon teaches the class. We, as adults, cannot sit back and complain when something is hard or out of our comfort zone, because then, we will just become useless and we will not learn or gain any knowledge. Instead, we must push ourselves out of that mindset and just push through it and give it our all. I believe, with this mindset and effort, you can achieve anything you set your mind to. How you spend your time is who you become because of this. If you spend time doing productive things, you will, naturally, become a productive person. If you sit around doing nothing, that is what you will become, nothing. That is the beauty and the curse behind life. You need to put effort in to get something out, but if you ask anybody who never showed and passion or effort for anything, they will be the first to tell you that they got nothing out of life.
    In order to achieve anything in life, you need to put your mind to it and understand that if you try hard you can succeed. It sounds very cliché, but it is the truth. If your surround yourself with toxic people and practices, you will have a toxic life, it’s that simple. Knowing this, you have to work hard and put in real effort to get what you want in life.

  11. Peter DeSantis April 28, 2017 at 8:47 pm #

    “Who Are We Seeking to Become?” This is the title of the blurb on Seth Godin’s blog about our actions and our future. I was drawn to click on the link to the article not solely because I saw that it was Seth Godin, whose work I truly enjoy, but because the title stuck out to me. That is probably so because this is something relevant to my life right now as a freshman in college. I am asked to a version of this question all the time. Usually it is in the form of, “What are you majoring in?” If you really think about it though, this question is essentially asking the same thing. It is, “What do enjoy studying?” followed by, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” or “What is the dream job?” Do not get me wrong, I have no issues with questions like this. Every time I meet someone new on campus, I always ask them what their major is. I like learning about people and the field that that person is interested in is very important to that person’s life so I should be aware of it.

    In this article, Godin is referring to something a little deeper than what are you attempting to become in terms of occupational placement. Godin is talking about the type of personality one is seeking to have. Godin is talking about a person’s character in this article. He says that whatever and whoever we surround ourselves with, whatever we spend time doing, and whatever we find ourselves talking about and in what manner will determine the type of person we become. I completely agree with him. If someone frequently attended community service trips on high school, that person will most likely still be a loving, compassionate person years down the road. If someone cursed as a youth and talked about vulgar things that person will probably still be just as fowl and inappropriate in old age. If a college student spends more time partying and drinking than studying, that individual will be just as lazy in their professional jobs.

    I guess Godin wants his audience to read this blog post and reflect on their own actions in the past and present. This is crucial for a young adult like myself. I think it is important for me to look internally upon myself and evaluate the decisions I make, the things I do, and the things I say. I want to ensure that I become a hardworking, honest, successful, personable, and intelligent man. To do that I should be introspective and make changes where I determine to be fit so that I can better align my actions with my goals for the future. Landing a job either as a trader or invest banker on Wall Street is only on part of my goals for the future. The other goals consist of making my parents and family proud, paying everyone I know back who has been so generous and helpful to me in the past, starting a family, and becoming a genuine, standup, respectable man. The things I do and the decisions I make now in my college years will either help me to meet those goals, or they will completely crush my dreams. I need to keep this in mind on daily basis. I have to remember the real reasons why I am here at Seton Hall despite what I might desire to do at any given moment.

  12. Austin O'Reilly April 28, 2017 at 8:56 pm #

    This article really struck a cord inside of me, even though it was so short. His article gives me reason to pause and reflect upon the very actions and decisions I make daily. When he says, “A small thing, repeated, is not a small thing.” This is true for many reasons because your actions over time become habits. Your habits make up who you are and how people perceive you.
    If you were to examine yourself from 5 years ago or even 1 year ago would you say you have changed? And if so would you say certain actions are the reason you changed or are the way you are? Because of this it shows who we really are sometimes. Habits we enjoy like playing an instrument or a sport shows what we like to do and invest ourselves in. As an example people who excelled at sports sometimes were able to develop very good cooperation traits or leadership qualities. Same for people who excelled at an instrument it shows the quality and dedication and the ability to focus on certain topics or pieces. This are very board and not always accurate assumptions but they show how as a youth the time we took to invest into our own future to see who we really should or want to become as a whole. Seth has a statement at the very beginning of his prompt “We get what we invest in” which is very interesting and a true statement. If you dedicate no time to an activity do not expect to get anything out of it. It is like practicing a sport or studying the more you practice a sport the better you will get at it or same with studying the more you study the better you will do on the test or pick up new knowledge on a topic. With doing that you actually invest time in to things you enjoy and become the person you are destined to be. Not the person you want to be by doing activities that you do not truly want to do.
    To ben’s point, Very few, if any people, on their deathbed say they wish they spent more time at work and less time with their family. Therefore, a daily habit that I thing is yield through this description is love. Love in small acts is forged into a structure beyond material comparison if created over a lifetime. This was so well said that I wanted to put it in my comment. If you do not spend time with your family, or loved ones, then what are you working for? If you have nothing to come home to or someone to see, I do not see someone being happy. To ben’s point love is a driving factor that is hidden in the underlying factor of this article.

    In the end, your actions define who you are and how people think of you. How you act, or how you change your actions define who you are as a man, a father or an employee. No one is perfect, but you should learn from your mistakes.

  13. Isaiah Allen April 28, 2017 at 8:59 pm #

    The decisions we make every day become part of our identity, and make up our social conscience. Today, students who are my age are generally able to look back at the past and revisits the decisions we have been making. Simple challenges and situations that we constantly find ourselves are tests of our character and help make up the type of person we are. Even though some of the decisions we make every day may seem minor, they are still important in the grand scheme of things. A common criticism of millennials is that we do not look far enough into the future. I believe this has to do with the fact that we have not been alive long enough to truly understand how our decisions today impact our lives way down the line. I believe Seth’s purpose in writing this article was to show us that every good and bad decision that we make today will impact our lives in some way in the future.
    It is important to make sure that every day we are making the right decisions because they have a larger impact than we may think. If we are working hard towards something, every second of effort we put towards it is crucial in determining if we are successful or not. Choosing to study hard, respect others, and stay healthy are all decisions we should make today in order to benefit us in the future. However, by continuously choosing not to do those things we are building a negative image for ourselves that could negatively impact our future. Last year in a Business Ethics course I learned about how philosopher’s related how we behave to building a statue. Every decision that we make over time paints a certain picture of us based on our actions. The decisions we make every day start to form habits that we eventually cannot distinguish. If we continue to make the same decisions over time than it starts to become part of nature and we start to make decisions without even thinking. Smoking is a great example to use because it perfectly represents how impactful our current decisions can be on our future. A smoker that continuously makes the decision to smoke a cigarette is only focused on their immediate satisfaction, rather than their long term health. When a bunch of bad decisions are piled up one after the other, they start to become a part of our character. In life, we have to make sure that we are making our decisions with the future in mind. We must ask ourselves, “How will this affect me in one year? Or two years? Or tomorrow?” Every decision we make will either have a positive or a negative consequence and thinking about that in advance could help us make better decisions in our everyday lives. Anything that we do now which could negatively impact our future has to be eliminated from our lives. Some people only realize that when it is too late, which is why we have to approach each day with the same mindset.

  14. Jiaqi Ma April 28, 2017 at 9:07 pm #

    I strongly agree with the Seth Godin’s opinion. I like the sentence that he mentioned: “A small thing, repeated, is not a small thing.” Assuming you are not taught throwing the trash into ashcan, you throw it in the street and nobody tells you that you are not correct. Until this has become your habit, someone tells you that you should throw trash into ashcan. Probably you will not change because it has become part of your life. Therefore, I strongly agree with the author’s opinion. I also think that if you want to be successful you should start from simple things. Some whimsical people jealous the people who success. They thought this society is unfair for them. Why they could success not them? They are dreaming about overnight riches. However, they do not know the people who success eventually because they grasped every ordinary chance. For the lazy people, they just wanting for the ‘Big’ chance. However, it will never happen.
    The author also mentioned that: “if you spend a little bit more time each day whining or feeling ashamed, that behavior will become part of you.” In china, there is a word, called ‘Rubbish person’. Usually, they are filling with negative energy. Therefore, there is one word: stay away from the group of people, do not let them ruining your day. In society, it is easy to find this group of people, even some of them is your friend. When you share some good news or good things that happened to you, they always said the opposite side. They usually complain bad things or bad person that they met. however, after a while, you will find that this is other people’s fault. It should blame to you friend. Normally, they could ruin your day easily. Furthermore, I believe everything can change according to the attitude one decides to hold. There are several things that one cannot change, but that is why it is more important to remain calm and try to figure a different way of thinking. I read an article once about two different groups of people. In one of the groups, a story was given with negative words such as “never”, “depression”, “exasperation” and so on. The other group had the exact same story, but the words were a little more neutral or happy. For instance, instead of saying hopeless, the story would say something like “the outcome was difficult to see” and other phrases that did not have such a severe tone. In the experiment, the contestant, or subjects were asked to write a journal entry about the story. Next, they were asked to accomplish some different tasks with levels of difficulty, but most of the tasks could be denied by any of the subjects. It turned out that most people did not feel as motivated as the others because they did not feel as happy or as positive as the other group. The researchers correlated the positive attitude or words with motivation and work. In a sense, this is very applicable to the article. I believe that the mind is a very strong organ that not only controls so much of what we feel but also what we do. I think that most people underestimate the power a positive attitude can have on a person, especially when things are not as easy as they normally are.

    In my experience, sometimes being positive is harder to do. It is easier said than done, but when it is done, the results are very rewarding. On of the things, I had to face was the language barrier when I moved here from China. I felt very defeated, and I wanted to go back home. Eventually, I began to realize that there was virtually nothing I could do at the moment but to practice English and attempt my classes. Eventually, things got a lot easier. It was not necessary because school physically became easier, or that teachers began to give me breaks. Instead, it got easier because my way of thinking changed, and that made all the difference.

  15. Filip Bizek April 28, 2017 at 10:16 pm #

    Seth Godin never disappoints when it comes to making rather short blog posts, which are filled from top to bottom with wisdom. The question “Who are we seeking to become?” is often never answered throughout human lifetime. Nonetheless, it does not mean it is not important. In fact, it is perhaps the most important question an individual can ask himself. Therefore, it is important to constantly reexamine ourselves and depict who we truly are and who we are seeking to become in the future.

    First and foremost, such question is much deeper than just a career goal. Although it is impossible to omit a profession choice from the whole equation. After all, full time job takes up one-third of the week when the overtime is taken under the consideration. With this in mind, a large chunk of our life is ultimately dedicated to work. Thus, one should strive to make the right choice and pick a job sector in which the life purpose seems to be fulfilled. Unfortunately speaking, majority of the human population does not have the benefit of spending time and switching jobs until the career fulfillment is actually reached. For example, my mom’s personal desires and characteristics pull her towards home designs; however, the unexpected circumstance in life forced her to become an accountant. Arguably, most people can probably relate to my mom’s situation and make a similar statement. Therefore, those who have the opportunity to actually pick their career should make a wise decision. My mom’s sacrifice and hard work gave me such opportunity and I do not intend to waste it. Going to college has taught me many important life lessons apart from the general knowledge. The biggest of them all is that world does not wait for you to catch up. On the contrary, it almost seems to speed up when you decide to slow down. Without a doubt in my mind, attending a university enabled me to narrow the career paths ahead of me, which in the end helped me save the most precious thing in life, time. Yes, time is that one thing you can never get back. People are so lavish with it while being conservative with the material objects. Isn’t that hypocrisy in itself? We act as if time is unlimited while in fact its shortage appears only when most of the life is behind us and then it is too late to change.

    A crucial statement made by Seth Godin refers to the difference between who you are and who you were five yeast ago is largely due to how you’ve spent your time along the way. It is impossible to put enough emphasis on the sentence written above. For example, if one decides to commit full amount of time to corporate business, he or she will not be remembered for anything else. In other words, how we spend time defines who we are. A valuable lesson from my grandfather was channeled to me when I was still no more than a child. My grandfather said, “each year, you should strive to become a perfect human being, each year you will fail to become perfect but you will succeed in improving yourself from what you were in the past.”

  16. Juan Landin April 29, 2017 at 2:19 am #

    Everything we do and everything that we experience influences us and how we will be in the future. If we continue to do that thing or things, then it will become a habit and will stick with us in the future. This is why we are always pushed to form good habits, because it will not only affect us in the present but it will affect us in the future as well.

    From the time we are a child all the way until we are in high school, we are always being pushed and persuaded to form good habits. What are good habits? Good habits are actions that have become normalized to us because we have practiced them constantly over a long period of time. These actions will have a positive direct effect on our lives in the future. These habits can be going to sleep early, not procrastinating, always giving maximum effort, learning new material, etc. These types of habits, as described in the article, help us become who we are or who we will be in the future. This is why it is so important that we adopt useful habits early. If not, then the bad habits that we do pick up can have a severely negative impact on the people we become in the future. Bad habits can have devastating effects on a person throughout their lives.

    When people talk about bad habits they are usually talking about not going to sleep early, eating bad foods, procrastinating, and many others. Even though we look at these bad habits as miniscule, they can have very long lasting negative effects on us now and in the future. Let us say a kid, throughout middle school, waits until the day before to do his homework which was due on Monday. For them the schoolwork in middle school is very easy so doing this is not that hard and is not much of an inconvenience. Fast forward to high school, but now this kid has developed that bad habit and has carried it to high school. Now, the work has become harder and it will take a longer time to complete. This student will try to do all of their work on the day before it is due. However, since the work is harder the student cannot finish all of the work on time. This will lead to many grades as zeros. Those grades will then effect his/her overall grade and GPA. It can also affect them later in life as well. Let us say that this student has found a job. Then, their boss tells them that they need this assignment due by a certain date. This bad habit may have carried over with them, and instead of doing their work before the deadline, they wait until the day before and attempts to complete the assignment. They will not have enough time to finish the project, thus risking their job because of their bad habits.

    Overall, habits can have a large impact on your life whether they be good or bad. It is up to you and those around you to determine which kind of habits you will form. Based on what these habits are, they will more than likely make you what you will become in the future.

  17. Nicolas F Carchio April 29, 2017 at 7:31 pm #

    The question of finding one’s self or one’s sense of purpose is often challenging, misleading, and simply seems impossible to come with the answer. Finding one’s self is the process in which a person is able to identify their strong suits, their interests in conjunction with their faults and failures, so that they can truly understand themselves. By understanding one’s self, people are able to find clarity in their goals that they want and are pushing for in their life as well as find fulfillment in their aspirations. The reality is that there are many people who struggle with this concept. Many people are tired of their current situation, unhappy in their work because they cannot find their passion, or simply do not understand why they cannot excel in their school or work environment. Additionally, many people begin to think negatively, as if they will never be able to improve, will continue to struggle and will ultimately be unable to find happiness in their negative minded existence. People must realize that if a person does not understand themselves, then they will not be able to find true fulfillment in their life.

    The next logical question asks how one may come about finding themselves or even begin to do this. Many people overcomplicate this concept, by thinking that they must go on an insane adventure or quit everything in their life to start over and find what they want. However, this may work for a select few, but for a majority of people this is simply not the answer. To find one’s self, a person needs to analyze what they are doing in their current situation. They need to identify their family, relationships, job, education, and whatever is in their life, and find their passion whether in these things or in another field. Many people find that they are unhappy in their relationships, often forcing themselves into them. Others find problems in their work life because it simply does not interest them or has become so mundane that they cannot bear to continue. Another common thing that people may do is find their hobby or their interest. These things can lead someone to find a possible successful work career, but most of the time it leads people to finding their own type of happiness. People want to be happy in their lives, and by doing things for themselves that make them happy, they can attempt to find themselves.

    In my own life, I have struggled to find my true passion. I had allowed others to force me down a path that I was not entirely comfortable with. The reality of it was that I needed to find my path myself. I need to find the school in which I am most comfortable with, myself. It is my job to find the field that I am most interested in and not the job of parents or others who attempt to pigeon hole or box students in. I believe that in my life now, I have found what I want to pursue, yet I am open to anything that may come my way and I will continue to be confident and positive in everything that I do.

  18. Matthew R Ponsiglione April 30, 2017 at 8:16 pm #

    This article by Godin really hit home to me. When it comes to practicing something little by little I understand when it comes to practicing little by little every day being a student athlete. It does not even pertain to just sports, as Godin stated, playing a musical instrument, practicing little by little every day will improve your skill. It is all in your mindset. If you do not believe you can do something there is a good chance that whatever it is, you will not be able to accomplish it. For example, in sports, baseball specifically it is filled with many pressure filled, game changing situations. I am a pitcher and confidence is one of the biggest parts of the game. If you truly believe you can get the job done, in anything in life, your chances of doing your job well increase drastically. Godin talks about how you are a different person now than you were five years ago and this is based on many different thing; how you spend your time, who you spend it with as well as other things. One of the things I have learned as a young adult is you can figure out a person and who they are as a person based on one thing; the people they surround themselves with. If you are a person who typically surrounds yourself around troublemakers and people who do not make good decisions I have every reason to believe you are the same way. If you surround yourself with hard working people, who are determined and apply themselves in everything they do, there is also a good chance you are like that as well. Working hard is nothing but a mind-set. This year at Seton Hall a young man had to be cut from the baseball team due to their not being enough room on the roster. He was not the most talented player, but he was a competitor and he was a very hard worker. Whenever practice was over he would stay after and work on things he did not do well. He had to be let go but he is one of the hardest working kids I know and I can guarantee you he will be back out on the field trying to earn a spot on the team next year. His dedication to the little things off the field got him better every day and people began to wonder if he should be on the team, and to us he always has a spot on the team because of how much time he invested into himself to get better. All the things he did to improve himself came back to him and it showed, we all knew he deserved a spot on the team and the pieces just didn’t fall into place for him. Things like this are seen in everything, my passion is baseball so that is where I dedicate myself, but people do this with a ton of things. Musical instruments, performing, school. All these celebrities and athletes that we idolize and wish we could be never had it as easy as we may think they did. They all put in the required time and work to get them to the point they are at. All the “behind the scenes” work they put in is not seen, only the result of it. Working for something little by little is very tedious to do, but in the end, working little by little gets you to where you aspire to be. Nothing is handed to you in this world, everything needs to be worked for, and in the end all the hard work certainly pays off.

  19. Amanda Skalski May 20, 2017 at 12:01 pm #

    This article from Seth’s Blog really opens up your eyes while being in college. Everyday life for a college student is studying for an upcoming exam or making sure you don’t miss any deadlines. ‘Who are we seeking to become?’ really made caught my attention because recently I’ve been trying to decide that. I get so wrapped up in the school working and not enough in my personal life. When ever we have to do a summary on myself I always forget what my hobbies use to include. Practicing something I’ve always want to try but never finding the time to do so. Practicing can be challenging but the reward is also good in the end. I feel like the more I know something the more I enjoy doing it.
    This article does not just relate to who you want to become as a person but it also relates to the career path you choose in college. The more time you put into studying the subject the better you understand and the higher the grades you get. Understanding is probably the most challenging to me in an unfamiliar subject so I send more time on trying to find different ways to gasp a concept.
    “The difference between who you are now and who you were five years ago is largely due to how you’ve spent your time along the way.” This really opened my eyes to the fact that I will be graduating in a year and what I’ve been doing in college has shaped me into who I am today. It will also shaped me after I graduate into who I will be in five years from now.

  20. Jorge Molines May 20, 2017 at 3:42 pm #

    We all agree with Seth’s Blog post. “Who are we seeking to become?” is an objective vision about how humans develop their personality and preferences along the way. Depending on how much time we invest on learning about something the higher knowledgeable or skilled we will become about that topic or activity.
    Now, it can also be said that each individual’s habits, preferences or hobbies can be affected by the social environment of each person. Specially, a crucial factor are your parents. It can be affirmed that first, your parents are the ones who seek for you to become something or someone, for sure they will influence your career path and some of the most important decisions in your life. At first, when you are young, they will decide for you and then at some point you will decide by yourself taking into account your parent’s and closest one’s opinion. At some point we all think about what we want to accomplish in life, so a second important factor in order to achieve our goals is the social environment of each person. It is not as easy for everyone to attend College, many initial factors affect this final outcome. Some people enjoy a certain lifestyle and atmosphere which helps and makes relatively easier to achieve a certain goal in comparison to some others, here it is mentioned the College example but there are many others. Depending on the social class we are situated, our probabilities of becoming one thing or another one will vary.
    It is supposed that today’s environment or political system helps and tries to give everyone the same chances to get to a certain point but unfortunately this is not true.
    Apart from the previous external forces that affect individuals on their decision-making process, it should also be taken into account each person’s personality, behavior and individual talent. It is also true that humans have a natural tendency called “predisposition” to do some activities that some other humans cannot do. In my opinion, I think that we need to take advantage of our time in order to discover as soon as possible what we truly love or like. Sometimes, it is easy to find out our hobbies or passions, but some of these ones do not appear so easy, there are some undiscovered passions that we never thought we would like. We need to exercise our natural skills to do things we like, research, get into the deepest point on that topic or activity we enjoy doing and finally think if that is what you need to take as your professional career.
    In my case, I consider myself as a very lucky person. When I first got to High School I did not really know what I would like to do in the future. Fortunately, I was supported and guided into one direction by both my natural skills and also the external forces which surrounded me. First, I was good at numbers and second, I had an excellent Professor in my Economics class. Prof. Pérez is one of the most important people who helped me to choose at a very young age what I would like to do with my life in the future. Finally, my family always gave me chance and support to pursue my dreams, that is for sure another key element. Taking into account that I am from Spain, my family worked really hard in order to give me the opportunity to attend my College education in the United States.
    As a conclusion, who are we seeking to become? Good question, in my case I certainly know what I want to become and a good quote who helped me to get to this point is the following one: “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become” Steve Jobs.

  21. Antonne Watson May 27, 2017 at 4:57 pm #

    I personally believe that a large number of us don’t actually know who we are seeking to become. We might make certain choices that we never think we would make, or change our lifestyle in ways that are different from our norms. We now live in a world where social media is a big part of a lot of our lives. So big that some people would attempt to dress, talk and even act like those on social media with a huge presence.In today world its hard to be yourself when it seems as if everyone wants to be like one another. Since this problem seems to exist, a lot of people will start to loose touch with what makes them themselves.
    I personally had a problem dealing with this issue back in high school; not so much from social media but from the people who I’ve been around. I grew up in rough neighborhood and went to a high school full of bad kids. I felt like a blank slate…i didn’t know who I was, I didn’t know who I wanted to be, and I didn’t know where I wanted to go. I always kept to myself until the day I decided that I wanted to fit into a group of kids who I didn’t know were gang members. I changed how I dressed, talked a bit differently, developed a terrible attitude with a bad temper and ultimately became what they were. During that period in my life, I discovered my love for music production from becoming a hip hop producer for the group I became a part of.
    During end of my junior year in high school, I stopped being involved with those kids and I started to gain an interest in attending college. Currently, i’m happy with it and I look forward to a professional career in my field of study but I wish I would have kept being serious about music production. I started getting back into music production my sophomore year of college and the love I had for it is coming back stronger than ever.
    Now i feel as if I have two paths that I can go down. The path of having Marketing as my career or the path of having Music production be my career. Although I’m torn between the two, I’m happy for all the events in my life that lead me to wanting to pursue these careers that I enjoy very much.

  22. Richard buzbee May 28, 2017 at 7:02 am #

    This article is very direct and makes you think about life as a whole. Luckily I chose to join the military at a young age and got to get crucial job experience as a nuclear engineer. After doing this for six years, I had so many doors open and so many paths I could now take. A lot of companies knew what a Navy Nuclear Engineer was capable of when it came to work and ethics. I feel as if I have properly invested in myself to set up for the future. With the work ethics instilled in me though, I feel that I do not take the proper time to think about what I do for pure happiness. I am so caught up with work and school that I barely have time for hobbies.
    I get to talk to many people on the Rider University campus and whenever the question of “So what are you doing after you graduate?” comes up, most have no idea. I think that society has formed a very strict path for people to take and it leaves them clueless when the path ends after graduating.
    If I was to take a step back and look at the progress I made in the last five years, I would have to say I am really impressed with myself. Five years ago would bring me back to 2012 and I was waking up, working, sleeping and repeating. I was not taking the time to develop my life into what I wanted it to be. Over the last five years I have traveled to Dubai, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Hawaii. That would be a long list for most people but that is just my out of mainland travels. I have also done cross country road trips in all four directions visiting every state along the way. I have also been taking college classes at several universities learning anything from programming to calculus to business. It was two years ago that I met my now wife who I happily married to.
    I feel that it is important to constantly set goals for yourself, whether they be professional, personal or emotional. For the next five years I have many goals I want to accomplish. These include finishing up my Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Electrical Engineering, learning Portuguese to better communicate with my wife’s family due to them all being Brazilian, learning more about my job field and lastly buying a house and starting a family.
    Even though I veered a little from the path of normality in this post, I honestly believe that when Seth Godin said “The habits we groove become who we are, one minute at a time. A small thing, repeated, is not a small thing” holds true. I have been trying to learn Portuguese for a few months now and try to spend a few hours a week learning it. Slowly but surely, I have gotten better and continuing to improve. You do not realize the small steps you take until you look down at the flight of stairs you’ve climbed up.

  23. Lucas Nieves-Violet September 4, 2017 at 8:12 pm #

    I was still in high school when the time of the year had come again where the English teachers assigned us a new book to read. I’ve never been the type of kid to gargle novels on my spare time. When I read a book it is truly because I enjoy it, am curious about the story or simply because I have to. I remember being in my junior year of high school when my teacher handed me a book by Malcolm Gladwell called Outliers. I always hated the school readings and never really enjoyed except for a few exceptions such as “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Although I did not enjoy Outliers and relate to most sections, Gladwell spoke about one topic that particularly caught my interest. In Chapter two Gladwell has a section called “The 10,000 Hours Rule”. In this particular section, Gladwell discusses the time invested in something, in other words, he states that by practicing something long enough you will become particularly good at it. In that section, I believe that Gladwell takes, for example, the job of being a “news anchor”. How is it that news anchors speak so clearly? How do their words flow so well together? How come they never choke? There is always this one question being asked, how good can a person become at something, more importantly, how could they demonstrate mastery of particular skill? The truth is that if the person practices a skill for long enough, they will become better at it. If a person wants to master a skill, however, they will approximately spend 10,000 hours practicing it before they become “Experts.” Even then I am one who believes that one can always better themselves.
    Time is sacred I would like to think that it is a sort of currency almost, time is an investment. Before my parents sent me to college and when I was young, I remember them telling me that my education was an investment. The investment they said was for me to do good in school. College is the biggest purchase parents make in some cases. Parents are betting that their children will do good with the privilege education that they offer them. Working hard will allow us as students to secure a job and by achieving this sort of stability or “success,” we accomplish this investment. The return or interest our parents get from sending us to college is that when we come out of it or graduate, we can then take care of ourselves. We become self-reliant, which is the return profit they expected in return.
    The way people are raised additionally has an enormous impact on who they will become once they are grown up. We are taught manners at a young age so that we have a certain attitude and etiquette towards others. Some of the most basic ones are, saying good morning, hello or, please. While we may think these are basic manners some parents have failed to teach those valuable lessons. Those manners set in, our heads at a young age they show us what we are like and make us the person we wish to become.
    The people with whom you surround yourself with today will have an enormous impact on your future. While we may not consciously know it, we tend to befriend people who have something in common with us. Friends are supposed to support you and in some cases help you reach your goals so it was important, if not crucial that their influence is positive. Negative impact from friends will drag you down and prevent you from becoming the person you want to be. We practice certain habits with friends, and while we may not know it, we are practicing to become ourselves. Imagine all the amount of time we have spent with certain people. Spending so much time with them leads us to becomes experts on one another. Ultimately it leads us to become ourselves.

  24. Adis Hoti September 7, 2017 at 11:37 pm #

    Seth Godin’s “Who are we seeking to become,” touches me personally. Godin starts this article off by saying, “we get what we invest in.” Many individuals do not understand this important statement. Few understand that you get what you give; meaning that if you work hard you will get the results you were looking for. Working hard will result in positive results. Spending hours studying will result in a good grade. Another reason I picked this article is that it applies to our business law class. Godin says something that relates to our class when saying, “If you practice five minutes of new, difficult banjo music every day, you’ll become a better banjo player.” This relates to our class because the more I practice reading the chapters, then the more I will understand the chapter.
    In the article, Godin discusses how our daily actions shape who we are. I agree with this, one thing I learned in business ethics was that if we lie constantly then we constantly chip lying into ourselves and that’s who we become. Godin says if we are often whining and ashamed then that behavior will become part of us. Godin also says something else that I agree with when he talks about how we become the words we type, the people we hang out with, and the media we hear. The people we are surrounded by are the people we become. The actions they make are actions we eventually make. I have always lived by the saying, “surround yourself by people you want to be like.” If you want to be successful then hangout with successful people, but if you want a troubled life then hangout with delinquents. Constantly typing with slang words will lead to you speaking with slang words.
    Godin talks about how the difference between who we are now and who we were five years ago is due to what we have done over that time. I agree with this statement, if we spend our time wisely, we better ourselves. For myself personally, if I spend my time hanging out with investment bankers, reading the Wall Street Journal, and studying then I will become a good investment-banking candidate in five years. Spending our time positively and wisely will benefit our future.
    Repeated habits will eventually effect our futures. Godin says, “a small thing, repeated, is not a small thing.” Something we do every day, whether it is good or bad becomes part of us. If something becomes part of us, it is no longer a small thing. If we are polite repeatedly then we are known as polite, however, if someone cheats repeatedly, they are a cheater. As little as the action is, it is important to note that if repeated it becomes part of us.
    Everything Godin has to say I agree with. We are whom we surround ourselves by in everyday life. We become what we listen and read. Small habits become part of us no matter how small they are so it is important to keep track of our actions. Knowing this, people should strive to surround themselves by people on the same path as them. People on the same path as me would be other perspective investment bankers. Surrounding myself around them will force me to do things investment bankers do, making me more likely to become an investment banker.

  25. Adam Rakowski September 8, 2017 at 6:10 pm #

    Humans have a natural tendency to regurgitate anything that we learn or create a habit out of. This includes but is not limited to life style, friends, and interests. It is always about the first step. Depending on what you get yourself into and how you continue onwards after the initial step will have an ultimate effect on your character or personality in the upcoming time.
    The best example off the top of my head would be the friends that you make. Friends come and go, and the time you form those bonds can be at any point throughout your life whether it be during elementary school or college. The one thing that remains stagnant is the initial effect that the friendship will have on you as an individual. I chose this example because I think the one thing that can have the greatest impact on one’s persona is another human being. From my own experience, I was able to befriend many kids in elementary school that were from different backgrounds and had extremely contrasting personalities. Nonetheless, they each had a profound impact on my development as a child. That is because I formed unique habits with each of those individuals such as conversational and behavioral patterns, and even individual mentalities. These habits left a lasting mark on specific circuits in my own mentality that prime us to feed future cravings.
    Fortunately, those habits proved to be beneficial and never had any significant negative effects on my development. Not everything in this world is good, however, and many habits are often products of certain vices whether it be drugs, alcohol or even something as initially harmless as sugar. It is imperative to train and exercise our brains to potentially overcome and target those specific circuits in our brains to promote and continue habits that are positive and improve our lifestyles while also being able to eliminate those we do not want.
    It is critical keep in mind that not everyone is wired the same way. Personalities exist for a reason and although they may synergize with each other, no personality is the same. Knowing this, we should be aware of the possibility that no one will react to habitual consistencies the same way. Similarly, trying to rid yourself of a habit will also differ depending on the intensity by which the habit was made and also depending on what exactly is the habit made out of. Logically, attempting to break a habit of playing video games 4 hours daily will be substantially easier than trying to break a heroin addiction, for example.
    In my own, honest opinion, you have you have to be cognizant of what you are doing at all times. “It only takes one”; something you have more than likely heard from a smoker. Do not take the saying lightly, because you will never know how impacting the first step of anything will be. You have to play your cards right and avoid engaging in any activity that you think may be detrimental to your upbringing. Think of your future and not only your present moment. Regret is worse than failure so do your best not to find yourself looking at your life in retrospect and beating yourself down for an ignorant decision you made in the past.

  26. Greg D'Ottavi September 14, 2017 at 6:27 pm #

    Of the seemingly infinite lectures and lessons my parents have pressed onto to me throughout the last nineteen years, the one most prevalent in this post by Seth Godin is one I will never forget. The lesson I am speaking of is this: you only receive as much as you put in and how you spend your time now is the only thing that determines your future. I have learned and applied this lesson in my own life countless times, through every failure I have experienced. Godin touches upon this lesson in a concise blog post, which has bountiful meaning, and allows one to ponder how they should begin spending their time.
    The example he gives is someone practicing new banjo parts five minutes each day and obviously, by the end of a few days, they will become a better banjo player. This example had a direct correlation to me because around three or four years ago I began teaching myself how to play the guitar. I am not sure how or why I decided to pick up the guitar and begin playing, but it was not a short process getting to where I am now. I became determined to learn various songs that I loved to listen to or my friends and family suggested. With time and practice put in on a regular basis, I successfully accomplished that goal and now play at a much higher level than when I started. Even now, as I have become an average player, I still attempt to learn new things and practice as much as possible. Godin’s post immediately connected with me due to this process of learning the guitar and caused me to ponder how else I could relate.
    Godin brings up another interesting point when he discusses how the environment you create for yourself has a direct effect on your future. As well as the fact that habits created, good or bad, due to time spent have an influence too. I began to think about how my group of friends from middle school to high school changed slightly and how I am as a person changed into who I believe I still am today. The people we surround ourselves with play a very powerful role in determining our actions. I am thankful that my environment between both friends and family has remained at a high quality throughout my life, but nonetheless these influences are still present.
    Godin wraps up his article by stating that the habits we create are what make us as individual people. If each person spent their time studying or working to better themselves rather than procrastinating and complaining, everyone would be successful. The worst thing someone can do is practice poorly. Practicing makes perfect, but not when you practice perfectly. The idea of receiving only as much as you put in can be applied to so many different aspects of everyday life that it makes you realize how easy, or maybe difficult, it is to get what you want. Anyone can become successful at something as long as they put the sufficient amount of work into it. Humans generally struggle to find work that is desirable every minute of the day, but it is the ability to push through and give extra effort that leads to eventual success.

  27. Piyush PAtel September 15, 2017 at 9:31 pm #

    Last summer I had a life changing experience where I got a letter I wrote to myself in my high school English class senior year. It made me think of the things that I have done and the way I have spent my time. This article made me think of that letter again and it has come close to some of my main beliefs. The authors states “We get what we invest in. The time we spend comes back, with interest.”. I highly believe that you get what you invest yourself in. When I invest my time studying hard material for an exam I get results of mastery in that area. From prior experience, I know that the time I spend on something has a direct relation on my future mastery of the subject. Also, there has been studies where 10,000 hours spent on something will get to mastery in that area. I want to invest 10,000 hours in a financial advisory role or financial analyst role so I can master the understanding on what makes a good financial decision for a company.
    The authors also says that you should challenge yourself with new difficult material every day to get better at a certain activity. I know that if I keep doing the same basic material and not challenge myself with new more difficult material I will never get better and I will not get better results. I know that instead of keeping the same procrastinating bad time management skills I will be stuck in the same spot I am in now. The people I hang with and the things I surround with as the author states also makes a huge impact on my life. I need so surround myself with smart, hardworking, independent people and instead of watching keeping up with the Kardashian I should probably watch financial news if I see myself in a financial advisory role.
    Five years ago I was making a very large change in my life. I was rejected from 4 out of 5 schools I applied to. I do believe that over the last 5 years I have improved significantly academically. But a lot of my bad habit have stuck with me or have gotten much worse because of the way I have spent my time. Last summer I had another life changing experience that I had about 5 years ago and I am starting to make changes to my lifestyle so that I can get to where I want to be in 5 years from now. I set high goals that are practical as long as I make the proper behavioral changes in my life. It is just like how the author explains the how the time you’ve spent in the last five years has gotten you here and that the habits we groove into our lives are who we become. In conclusion, I plan on spending my time making good habits that are goal oriented to where I want to get and this article has reminded me what I need to do.

  28. Tianqi Xu September 29, 2017 at 8:18 pm #

    Why there is exist of successful and unsuccessful people in the world? In other words, what is the differences between successful and unsuccessful people? I believed that, every successful human beings’ life is the process of constantly learning and constantly progressed. On the contrary, a person who always go around circles will never be succeed. There is no doubt that most of people knew this truth, but here is the question again. Why is the differences between successful and unsuccessful people? I guess it is because of successful people know the importance of learning knowledge and new stuff, in other words, “investing” themselves. In addition, learning stuff or knowledge, could be taken as an investment. This kind of investment is unlike with the investment about business, people invest capital and that is it. The investment on knowledge is a long-term investment. It needs people’s focus and persistence for a long time. It is quite similar with developing a habit. For example, if a person wants to improve his handwriting, he needs to write on the paper in five minutes for every day. It sounds very easy, just five minutes for a single day, but actually, it is hard to persevere in it every day. Therefore, if that person spend 5 minutes every day for 5 years, I believe his handwriting would be very beautiful. In other words, his 5 minutes investment for 5 years is successful. “A small thing, repeated, is not a small thing.” Like professor Shannon said, it really is not a small thing. This small thing differentiated successful and unsuccessful people.
    China has a proverb that is thousands of miles beginning with a single step. I think this sentence is a good interpretation of the entire article want to express the meaning. The meaning of this sentence is that even if there is a thousand kilometers in front of the road to go, but you start every day today, a little bit, one day you will come to the end of this road. Do not think about how difficult it is to do this before doing things, but think about how many benefits you will have to do. I remembered Jobs a few days ago at Stanford’s speech. Jobs studied tuition after dropping. It seems at the time it seems that this is a completely useless course, but in ten years after he designed the Apple computer to help him a lot. He himself said that if there is no such a course, he can not design the Apple computer design. Jobs waited for ten years to use what he had learned. So do not think anything is useless.

  29. Juliana Martinez October 1, 2017 at 7:09 pm #

    As small habits affect who a person will become in the future, small habits will also affect the growth of a business in the future. The small habits in the way a business treats its employees and customers will determine the kind of reputation a business will hold and how much it will grow. Since the employees of any business are its most important assets, it is very important to keep them happy. Small things such as regularly providing a clean and safe work environment will make a difference on employee’s attitude towards the business. Another important group of people for a business are its customers. A simple and effective way for companies to maintain customer satisfaction is by having great customer service. For example, having employees that are always smiling at customers will create a positive reputation for a business over time.
    On the other hand, negative reinforcements within a business will put a business at a disadvantage much faster than positive reinforcements. This is because, in general, a customer will tell more people about a negative experience they have had, versus the number of people they will tell after a positive experience. This means small negative habits will diminish a business’s product quality and reputations more quickly than it will to build itself up. Wal-Mart’s reputation, for example, was ruined over time by the way it repeatedly treated its employees. Its repeated negative habits lead to a large number of lost lawsuits that could have been prevented if they had implemented positive habits instead. Overall everything that a business does will affect it status in the future. Small habits, negative or positive, will inevitably affect the overall quality and reputation of a business over time.

  30. Elliott Otmani October 3, 2017 at 4:37 pm #

    I really liked this article for one reason: in less than ten sentences the author leaves the reader with a tons of potential interpretations, comments and reflections about it. I completely agree with his point when he states :”we get what we invest in”. Most of the time, people want to invest a little and get a lot. Unfortunately, it does not work this way, be willing to get something means go and invest as much as possible to get it. As a soccer fan, when I was a young soccer player I always wondered myself what top players meant by “I succeed thanks to work, work and work again”. And after a couple of years I realized, the more someone practices and puts efforts at something, the more this person is likely to succeed at it. I do think we choose to become who we want. Talent has obviously an impact on success (whether it is about sport, school, music…) but work builds talent. A talented person will need less efforts to reach a certain point compared to someone less talented. But in not putting enough effort and work, even the talented person is more likely to not have success at some point. People can get better and better at everything they want but do they really want to? There are a lot of examples of people who have been told no, who have been told that they won’t do it, who failed and bounced back. The difference between the successful person and the non successful person is not necessarily how much money they make or how much power they have, it is how did they react when they failed, how did they bounce back. Speaking about business, examples show that the most successful people were not necessarily the most talented, but the ones who decided to get somewhere and put the efforts to reach their dreams. Bill Gates is such a great example of that. He is a brilliant person, smart in his domain but decided to stop his studies at Harvard because he had another dream and needed more time to invest on it. Who would seriously quit Harvard to try to have his own business. Someone who is determinate, and is putting a lot of work to reach his dreams. Someone must decide who he is seeking to become, because not deciding is not trying and not trying is not living.

  31. VM October 6, 2017 at 8:50 am #

    Although short, I feel I can really relate to this post. I used to always believe and still do to an extent that individuals are the product of their environment. But more than that I believe that, as stated in the post, you become what you invest your time in. It doesn’t happen over night. Especially if you want to become something or someone completely different that who you are now. Wether it’s learning a new skill or even losing weight, the work and time needs to be put in in order to achieve those goals.

    Growing up in an environment and home that some would say set me up to fail more than I’d succeed to begin with could have made it hard to achieve certain goals. This is where the idea I mentioned above, you are a product of your environment, comes into play. In certain cases if the mind and will to become successful or to achieve your goals is not there then one would more than likely become a product of their environment. Spending their time letting that dictate who they are and who they become. My sister is a great example of this. She’s in her mid 20s and definitely troubled. The product she became of the home we grew up is exactly what other’s thought would happen to both of my sisters and myself. She does not work towards her aspirations consistently. She didn’t really invest her time in anything that would push her towards changing the troubled person she already was. She was a black belt in karate and she was a straight A student all through high school. When high school finished, she quit karate and didn’t pursue a college education.

    On the other hand, rather than letting my environment make me into the stereotype that everyone believed would be of me, I invested my time in sports. Beginning at age 5 I played soccer. I made the travel team at age 9 and from then on all of my time was spent becoming the best player I could and being mentored throughout the process. Constantly having practice and games and tournaments meant my time was spend investing in my future and earning a scholarship to attend college. Which I did, and ended up playing D1 Soccer for my four years of eligibility.

    I’m not using these examples to put my achievements on display but to use them to bring back the point of, you truly become what you invest your time in. If your time is spent wisely and spent doing things YOU want to do in order to better yourself in the long run, you will achieve the goals you set out for yourself. If you put in the time, even if it is a little at a time the end result will eventually be something big. “A small thing, repeated, is not a small thing.”

  32. CS October 27, 2017 at 11:28 am #

    While the article “Who Are We Seeking to Become?” is very short, its message is strong. It explains a very simple and critical concept to life that a lot of people often miss; who we are is who we will be. We are in total control of who we are, if we choose to be so. The things we do, the way we speak, what we watch, who we surround ourselves with and more all influence our lives. A classic example is a high school football player. Let’s say he has dreams of one day playing for the Philadelphia Eagles; how is he going to achieve this? Well first off he has been playing since he was able to hold a ball. Second, he hangs out with his teammates outside of school frequently. They met through being on the team, so what is the main topic of conversation usually? It’s football. What is our future Eagles player doing in his down time alone? He is probably watching football or maybe even playing it on his Xbox. He is doing this in his room that is covered in Eagles posters and he even got the bed set from Target. My point is he knows what he wants be, so in the present moment he is doing just that. He is letting his life be almost consumed with the idea so that it will eventually become reality. It is incredible that humans can do stuff like this but it can also be a negative in life.
    We all have our off days, those days where we just feel really down; maybe you decided to skip a few classes, maybe you decided let a few assignments go. You brush it off and think to yourself “Just this one time, I’ll get myself together tomorrow and everything will be good”. However, tomorrow never comes. You have spent so many days saying “tomorrow” that you start to unknowingly create bad habits. Humans are creatures of habit; we do things that we know how to easily do. It is much harder to get rid of bad habits then it is to create good ones. Once you start making those bad habits, they will become you.

  33. R. Joseph October 28, 2017 at 2:22 pm #

    Who are we really seeking to become in this world? What are our plans to achieve success? Are we taking steps towards achieving those goals? These are questions we must constantly be asking ourselves. No one can make us succeed in life. Success takes commitment and maximal effort from you as an individual on a daily basis. If someone is constantly pushing you to give your maximal effort every time, chances are you will not achieve all you can achieve, because if there is someone pushing you constantly, that means that you do not push yourself enough without someone on your back. It is as simple as this: You get out what you put in. Success is achievable for everyone once they have the drive and determination to make things happen. Remember you can only account for your success and maybe once your success is achieved, you can assist others in obtaining their desired success.
    The first thing one must do at a young age is to set a list of goals that he/she want to accomplish (short term and long term goals). Next is to create a set of steps you will take in order to achieve your goals. Your plans may not fall into place exactly the way that you planned, but you should be able to make the certain adjustments needed to continue to stay on path towards your goals. I am seeking to become a soccer player at some professional level. When I am satisfied with my soccer career, I would like to get involved in the information systems and technology business at some level with the degree I plan to attain in that field. I have set these goals for myself and have also set steps in which I plan to achieve my goals.
    My first goal was to become a professional soccer player. My short term goals were to play for my local college at the University of the Virgin Islands and then branch off and try to play soccer at the highest level in college. I put in the work and as a result, after two years at my local college, I was granted a roster spot at Rider University who plays at the Division 1 level of college soccer. This is indeed already an achievement, but at this point for me, this is only the beginning. I plan to finish my studies and achieve my other goal which is to obtain my Bachelors’ Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Information Systems and Technology, while playing soccer for the team to the best of my ability. Playing soccer at this level and how much I can achieve in these two years will determine in my opinion if I am capable of playing soccer at some professional level. Can my goals be achieved? Yes! Will it be easy? Nothing in life comes easy. It all depends on how bad I want it and what I am willing to do to make it happen. No matter whom you seek to become in life, if you believe that your goal is achievable, then you can achieve it once you put your mind it, you stay focused, and put in the extra hours needed to reach those goals.

  34. Allen Killiebrew November 1, 2017 at 6:00 pm #

    Too many people in the world today do not want to put in the work that is needed to get better, to succeed, and enhance the individual they are. The article title says it all, “Who are we seeking to become”. The title made me think of myself, my future, and what is currently happening in my life. It made me think about what is benefitting me most at the moment and how I can make it benefit me even more. It also made me think about what is having a negative impact on my life, things that are doing nothing for me, and that I need to get rid of them , cut them off and never look back for them. I am seeking to be the best person I can be, are you? So many individuals want to be great but never reflect on themselves, it is like why is it that most expect to get millions of dollars without even getting thousands of dollars first? You have to start somewhere and grow from where you start. With anything you want to do with your life, you have to work for it. Well that’s all I know because that is what I had to all of my life. For the people that do not know though, they need to wake up. Something I think about on the regular though, Is it their fault that they aren’t aware because they were always handed everything? Is it their fault they do not know what hard work truly is? I do not blame one who was taught to live a certain way and never told any wrongness of that way so therefore to me, they are just unaware.

    From this article, it got my mind racing dramatically. It was so short but yet so impactful to me as well as many others I can see from reading the different replies. The words I enjoyed best were “The difference between who you are now and who you were five years ago is largely due to how you’ve spent your time along the way.” Those words touched me because it is beyond true. I just think who you are becoming and your success in the future is based on growth during the present. The things you do to benefit yourself and others is what shows who you are becoming. It is just like if you continue to repeat negative actions in your life it shows that you are becoming something you aren’t and someone who is not growing as an individual because you are only taking steps backwards for the worse. Life is all about making power moves if you ask me, with every move you make you want to take a step forward, a step for the better, and those words, this article gives myself that exact thought.

  35. Isabel Grullon Ramirez November 6, 2017 at 8:48 pm #

    This article highlights the idea that we get what we invest in. How you spend your time has a large impact in who you are now. For example, if a person doesn’t exercise,constantly eats fast food and spends their time watching tv, their weight and overall health is going to be affected. More so, humans expect to get something out of an task they perform. In this era of multitasking, it can be difficult to get something out of an activity, as we are doing multiple activities all at once. We tend not to focus on a single activity, and by the time we are moving on to do something else, we already have a list of things we have to do. Multitasking can seem great, but down the road, it doesn’t allow people to get the most out of what they’re doing. This article raises an important question, who are we seeking to become? If we invest so much time into so many activities, how are we shaped by them?

    Another highlight of this article would be how our habits shape who we are. If humans are creatures of habit, why is it so hard to create good ones? We are often faced with the dilemma of how to spend our time, or whether we can delay to do something as far as we can, why is it so difficult to create a habit of doing things on time? I think it has to do with our own moods and motivations. Sometimes, we are so drained from our everyday activities that it becomes brutal to do a certain task, or we have so many other activities that require our attention that it becomes difficult to prioritize and do what needs to be done.

  36. Nicholas Kerins November 10, 2017 at 12:27 pm #

    For my last blog post, I wanted to find “THE” article. Shannon web has filled me with so much knowledge that it wouldn’t be right to write an article that I wasn’t passionate about. So, with that in mind, I decided to write about the article “Who are we seeking to become?” not really an article but a short question posed by Seth Godin on his personal blog. The little paragraphs and simple questions posed in them spurred my imagination and lead me to these thoughts. Who are we? What are we doing? And other philosophical questions like that pop into my head every day. I would like to think I’m a good person. I would also like to think I know where I’m going in life. As a human resource and sports management major I hope to get a job in those fields and at least be mildly successful, maybe live in the city then get married and move to the suburbs and have kids. But do my habits show that kind of thinking and will they lead me to my goals, probably not? Seth points out that the little habits we do every day will become impactful over time. Do I study and network to achieve my career goals and do I take care of myself and others enough to achieve my personal life goals? The answer to these questions is a weak yes. I try to be social enough to demonstrate kindness to others but do I wholeheartedly want to make a difference in others’ lives, not really. When it comes to classes and the effort I put into them. It’s enough and I care about how I’m doing but do I push myself beyond enough and want to perform extremely well, in theory, yes but in practice no. More specifically in this class I study and complete the assignments on time, but I don’t exert myself to the fullest. This is something that will have to change in my life if I do truly want to be successful. Seth’s examples aren’t as deep but still express the same effect if we play the banjo for five minutes every day we will become a better banjo player and if we hang around a smart thoughtful crowd we will become more smart and thoughtful. A simple notion to understand but do will we do these things if presented with the opportunity, again I’m unsure. We must be willing to identify our weak points and work on them and work on them some more. One of my weak points in my writing, I write how I speak and must fine tune the grammar and other structural issues. So, completing these many articles and many research projects have helped me and hopefully, it’s noticeable to my professors. Overall, I appreciate the message Seth is trying to get across and hopefully, in the future the habits I have now will come to fruition and I will form ones that improve my daily life.

  37. Lucas Rodriguez January 26, 2018 at 8:08 pm #

    The insight Seth proffered from his blog may seem rather palpable or elementary, but I believe the point he illustrates is philosophically enriching. As individuals we must truly look within ourselves and question whether or not we have achieved our ideal sense of self-discovery; whether or not we understand our aims and expectations for our futures, and the procedures needed in order to fulfill these predetermined prophecies. As Seth determined from his post, we almost entirely layout our futures by the amount we invest in them. But in order for this investment to begin, we must anticipate what it is we are truly investing in. One of the most difficult questions that may arise in any conscious is the subject of who one is and where they stand- this being a sense of self. After this discovery one can begin to achieve the process of developing and working toward a more favorable future they have in mind. We alone control our own lives. Who we wish to become, or how we wish to progress is entirely dependent in the amount of time spent working toward that objective. As Malcolm Gladwell, an English-born author, has concluded, if one wants to develop himself into something or become an expert in a certain realm of activity, all he must do is devote ten thousand hours into that practice. But as Seth expands, an individual must work toward progress their entire lives if they wish to achieve their utmost potential as an intellectual. As humans we believe that there is a lingering spotlight that shifts around and follows us like a shadow; that we are the center of attention. In most cases we really fail to understand that we are on a similar scale to that of nothing, at least until we establish ourselves in this universe. The habits we obtain, the people with whom we surround ourselves, and the mindset we have are the key elements that could determine how one might develop in the future. If we maintain a habit to read a textbook or workout daily, we are slowly building ourselves to a standpoint that seems satisfying. We are taking mere instances and transforming them into a part of our lives. Likewise, if we establish friends who have clear and actively progressing habits, we are likely to surround ourselves in an enriching environment and are certainly going to be motivated to make personal progress. In an academic sense, this article can be viewed in terms of any core class or area of study. If we view this “investment” situation on a smaller scale we find that studying daily or applying ourselves outside of the classroom will certainly build our intellectual standards and allow us to excel as individuals. By choosing to work hard on our off time, we are determining who we will become in the future, even if at present we may seem to be stationed at our point of origin. On a larger basis, our academic years of school in a sense establishes our occupation and future. Whether we choose to just do what is necessary in order to pass, or whether we choose to devote large efforts toward our classes depends totally on the individual and how he sees himself currently. But as exemplified through this school situation, although all of us may spend years in an academic institution we may not actually grow as intellectuals at all. It is what we do with our time that determines how far we fall from our true ambitions. This is the message that I believe the author is stressing from his blog posts. In highschool I was at a point where my grade point average had fallen below average and I was adapting that of a “moderate” lifestyle. The idea of ordinary entirely consumed me. I had failed to work hard in school and because of this I was slowly affecting my future and where I would potentially end up going to college. As I slowly encouraged myself to perform harder I had been told by several academic advisors that it would be impossible to change my GPA as much as I wanted it to change. But I understood that the only individual who controls their own life is themselves, therefore in order for me to change my grades I had to adapt a fierce mentality. This seems to be the main issue why people never progress in ways that they so desperately crave. We limit ourselves to the ideas and expectations of others and fail to realize that we inevitably confirm the conclusion of our own lives. I ended up raising my GPA to the standard that I saw acceptable, and did what I was told was impossible. Relating this message to that of our Business Law class, our professor has already made this statement clear. If we wish to succeed in his classroom we must go beyond what the book offers; we must put in efforts we have never dared to exhaust. We can choose to just barely meet a requirement in an assignment and receive a rather poor grade, or we may choose to go to extremes beyond what the assignment asks of us and receive a grade more favorable. Everyone wants the luxurious life, but nobody wants to work toward these luxuries. We must first establish where we stand, and then understand what we must do in order to succeed in fulfilling our idea of a satisfactory life. Every single habit I adapt, decision I make, and effort I throw into my actions creates a ladder for my future, and whether or not that ladder falls short from the window is entirely up to me.

  38. Brianna A Avery February 2, 2018 at 6:58 pm #

    Take a look in the mirror. Do you like who you have become? Who we’ve become today is based on our individual experiences, who we surround our selves with and how we approach different situations. In the blog post “Who Are We Seeking to Become?” by Seth Godin, he discusses who we are is essential to what we invested our time in. Have you ever heard someone complain and say “I’m just not good at math”? In Godin blog post he states if you invest your time in something you will get better at it. That person who is just not good at math could just as quickly become good at it if they invested their time into it and if they practiced it a little bit more. I can agree with Godin blog post. If you want to achieve something to become a better you, you must invest in it, and invest in yourself. In high school, I wanted to be a chemist. When I began taking chemistry classes, I didn’t understand why I was not following the material. Since I didn’t understand the material by the time I was a senior in high school, I completely changed my career choice and wanted to be a biologist. Looking back now, if I would’ve never went to see that movie with my friends or went ice skating that one weekend and studied instead, I eventually would have understood the material. At the end of that year, I received a grade that reflected how much time I put in Chemistry, a C+. You get out just as much as you put in. People often believe things should come naturally to them and if it doesn’t come naturally, then it is not for them. The mentality if something does not happen natural give up, isn’t a right way to think. Some people just need to put more effort into tasks than others. I wish I realized that in high school.
    People walk around not understanding why didn’t they do as well as they hoped and the question always remains, did you invest in it? Sunday Adelaja said, “It does not matter what your calling is, if you can invest all your time into it, then, greatness will become your reward.”

  39. Tori Breazeale February 2, 2018 at 9:38 pm #

    This article holds the idea that practice and perfection go hand-in-hand. I disagree. Although practice can aid one to improve in either a self and/or situation at hand, it does not mean that significant changes are in store for everyone.

    Albert Einstein, a figurehead in all modern sciences, once said, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” The basis of his commentary was focused on the educational system in place today. Someone I know struggles to pursue higher education and has failed out of college on more than one occasion. The enforcement of furthering one’s education to obtain higher-end jobs is what drive her to continue this track of “success”. She is stuck in the middle: between what she “needs” to do and what she can to do. Her father pushes her to receive a letter grade to prove her successes but she can not satisfy his ultimate desires. She goes to school because she is told it is what she should do, not because it is in her character to do it. She wants to achieve her own successes through her own matter of achievements. However, no matter how much she strives to be the person she is told she needs to be, she will not. It is not who she is regardless of the countless efforts and attempts.

    We all have limitations and no matter how much we work, success is not always guaranteed. There are approximately 12,650 college football players in Division 1. Let’s say half are expecting to play in the NFL, so that is 6,000 people. Only approximately 1,500 people are in the NFL (“Odds Of Getting In”). In this example, it is obvious that not all players make it even though they have spent their whole lives practicing and preparing for this career. In conclusion, habits do not define who we are.

  40. Grace Galuppo February 9, 2018 at 6:36 pm #

    Habits, both the good and the bad, shape who were are as people. Luckily, habits are not set in stone and people are able to break the ones that are deem to be negative or create new ones that will improve their lives or the lives of many. With the same respect, the cliche saying we all were told as children, “practice makes person”, is true in regards to forming habits. If someone wakes up and declares that from that day forth that they were going to do one nice thing for someone else, eventually their nice actions will turn into habits. I think that it is important for parents to instill good habits into their children because it will mold their child’s future behavior. As a babysitter and an employee at a Kids center, I am able to watch a multitude of parenting styles. The parents who do not discipline their child or who behave badly themselves will have children with reflective attitudes because that is what they are used to seeing. For example, one parent at work is extremely rude and high maintenance, as a result so is her daughter. The daughter’s nightmare behavior is a duplicate of her mother’s attitude and behavior towards others.
    This blog states, “The difference between who you are now and who you were five years ago is largely due to how you’ve spent your time along the way”, which I could not agree more. Five years ago, I was an eighth grader who was immature and had little life experience. I think how I chose to spent my high school years shaped who I was as a person and translated into who I am now. I spent my high years participating on the volleyball team, softball team, the driver’s safety club, working at a gym, babysitting for a dozen families, and as a chosen member of a small peer leader group. In addition, I had a close set of eighteen friends that still keep in contact, even though many of us have gone to college all around the United States. I have learned many lessons and have gained habits from high school that has translated into my college life. For instance, this semester I joined a sorority to keep myself busy, to increase my philanthropy values, and to allow myself to network with the thousands in my organization. I think one can become the person they want to be through repetitive actions and drive to be better.

  41. Mark W February 16, 2018 at 11:38 am #

    First, growing up as a kid I learned from my parents and myself the saying “you are who you hang out with”. I couldn’t agree more for example, when I was in high school I had a lot of different friends. However, as the years went by some of my friends were going down paths that I did not want to follow. Most of my friends started to do some bad things such as drugs. I wanted to be a leader and not follower and not give into peer pressure to be willing to follow my own path that I want in life. I’m proud to say that I passed this knowledge down to my younger siblings to not be a follower and be your own person.

    Also, the importance of time management is key and what you’re doing with it. Are most people using it towards their work? Putting in time practicing on their favorite sport? The quote stating “The habits we groove become who we are, one minute at a time. A small thing, repeated, is not a small thing.” It’s not rocket science when put a lot of time and practice into something your going to get better outcomes. For example, when I was a sophomore in high school I always wanted to play on the basketball school team, however I was always the smallest kid at tryouts. I ended up with a fractured ankle during a tryout when I landed awkwardly on my foot. Before the incident I knew and have been told before by my peers that I was too small to play high school basketball. However, during that offseason, I practiced like there was no tomorrow. I put so much time into it with those late nights shooting in my driveway. To make a long story short the next year I ended up making the basketball team my junior year and all of the hard work ended up paying off. At the end of the day you can become who ever you want in life. It all depends on what experiences you’ve had in the past and if you are willing to put in the work to get where you want to be.

  42. Sapna Swayampakula February 16, 2018 at 8:42 pm #

    I have always questioned myself, who am I? What do I want to be when I’m older? Why am I here? All of these questions have been eating at me ever since I was a teenager, and I’ve been searching for the answer ever since then. Who am I? This was something I’ve never been able to answer. Perhaps it is because I never found the answer, but I also believe because we are constantly adapting and changing everyday, and thus who we are changes as well. However, if we search for who we are, we’re in fact just searching for the person that we desire to be. I can definitely state that the person I was in high school is completely different from who I am now. We all change, and not always because we force ourselves to change by practicing five minutes of a specific instrument every day, or because we practice feeling an emotion. For me, I changed because I didn’t exactly have the choice but. Being in a position where changing your habit, your lifestyle, everything you’ve grown up doing in order to become better at what you do, or to become the kind of person, that is really difficult. The habits that we develop overtime, are not easy to get rid of, or change, they take time.
    “We get what we invest in”. This is true, without playing a guitar every day, it will be hard to become a professional at it. Everything takes time and practice. It’s not about what it looks like now, five minutes of practicing the guitar doesn’t seem much but in the long run, it’ll be worth it because everything adds up. I agree, we get what we invest, because that is how life is. Without putting effort into something, how can we expect the outcome we desire? If it were like that, then everyone would be at the highest point in their life, they would all be comfortable. However, we are forced to work hard for what we want. We have to practice and train ourselves to be a certain way to achieve certain goals.

  43. Daniel Schreier February 16, 2018 at 9:53 pm #

    I deal with these situations all the time. What exactly I want to be is a question I don’t know how to answer even in my deepest emotions. I like doing many things, but I do not have passion for anything, or at least I do not see it, and for me the huge problem is this. We do not know ourselves, and we try to be people who we are not, and that makes us feel frustrated and ashamed about us, which leads to what was mentioned in the post, we become ashamed and frustrated people, which makes us and the ones around us suffer, and can even lead to worse conditions, such as anxiety and depression. I believe the way to cure this and make us feel proud and good about us, is to first: like our beings, whatever they are, you have to like yourself and be proud of it. Once you do this, you will be able to see what passionate you, and by then, you will have a reason to live and something to look for, which is already way better than pitting and being ashamed of you all the time. Everyone has its value. Everyone is unique, and at the same time, everyone is similar to each other and that is probably the most beautiful thing about the human being: its capacity to be so similar and so different at the same time.
    Still, by stating that what one is doing now is largely going to affect that person’s live for the next five years, in my view is not the best approach to address this situation, as it can put a lot of pressure on such, and by so, cause depression and anxiety, which, then, will affect that person for a long period of time. Even more, in our times, when, finally, people are starting to discuss about these issues, and seeing that many people suffer from this conditions, and how things are working now, and the pressure that is nestled on a person’s shoulders will make people feel more and more like this. I have a tough time when people state: “This is the real world is vicious and you will have to basically live for work if you want to succeed”. Is this really the way people want to live their lives? I can say for myself, that I don’t.

  44. M.E.R June 13, 2018 at 11:47 am #

    Finding out who one is, is a journey that never ends, but is certainly something worth attaining. I think many people simply move around in this world and exist, while a select few people actually life live. It is important to seek out those who you want to one day become, emulation is key, not imitation. There already has been a Bill Gates, Micheal Jordan, Nikola Tesla, ect. These people have already made their mark on this world and we don’t need someone exactly like them, we need someone new and refreshing. The journey isn’t always going to be easy, and rightfully so. Finding purpose in ones life is struggle, it requires hard work, day after day, everyday. I think part of the problem that people don’t find their purpose is because it is just too hard in some cases. I have noticed that in my specific generation, we shy away from anything that requires any sort of work and effort. We hate willfully engaging in events and tasks that cause us pain and require effort in the short term (either a day, month or year ect.) in order to have a meaningful life with purpose. We lack discipline. Over time, people become stuck in a routine. This routine of going to the same job that lacks purpose and meaning, then coming home where we just sit and wait till the next day to do it all over again really wears a person down, day by day.
    I completely agree with the statement Seth made, “The difference between who you are now and who you were five yers ago is largely due to how you’ve spent your time along the way”. This is what we have been told since our years in elementary school. Put in hard, honest work and one day you will be in the position that you have dreamed of. We have people that come into this world from time to time and understand what they are like after years and years of pursing purpose in their life by achieving goals they have set into place. They spoke their being forward, and they become stronger and stronger. Dr. Jordan Peterson has a great segment talking about waste and how it effects a persons purpose (view video starting at 2:31-4:10). He comes to the conclusion that a person will waste on average about a half of year of work weeks, per year.
    We all waste time, and the issue that manifests itself when we waste time is that we know we are, yet we do nothing about it and we become resentful about those who do a better job than us about time management and pursing their own purpose. This is played out in the classic biblical story of Cain and Abel (one does not need to be religious in the slightest to understand the message behind this story). Cain kills his younger brother Abel, when God does not like the offering that Cain has given to him. But if you read deeper into the story, you find that Cain doesn’t simply kill his brother, he kills the ideal, which his brother is the representation of. Which is way more powerful. This plays out in our modern world as well. People who haven’t found a purpose, or achieved their goals love to tell everyone else how hard it was, and it not worth their time pursuing ect. (this is the death of the ideal). I have noticed that people look at those who work hard, and have a purpose as strange. They question why someone wants to wake up early and pursue their goals. The general population has a nihilistic view of the world once they have failed. It is infectious, and they spread it around those who are around them. This is why people are so quick to give up on their purpose, especially when it is hard. There is no support system in place, and everyone around them always tell them to be realistic or don’t bother wasting that effort because it most likely won’t work out.
    it is truthfully sad on how much that happens, I certainly put forth effort to not let this happen to me, and I try to not project those feelings onto others as well

  45. Halli Schwartz October 19, 2018 at 5:18 pm #

    In the article, “Who are we seeking to become?,” the author delves into the topic of how one can shape their own identity and skill set, by their repetition of said skill. “The words you type, the people you hang with, the media you consume…” (Godin 2) are what shapes you as an individual and creates the views that you have on the world. If someone starts at a new skill, they will not be very competent in said skill. However, as one practices, they will soon become more proficient in the skill. The way one acts, the things that they learn, the media they consume, and the people that they spend time with all shape a person along the way. The article stated something that really resonated with me “The difference between who you are now and who you were five years ago is largely due to how you’ve spent your time along the way” (Godin 3). Five years ago, I was a completely different person. I was in high school and was still just a shy teenager, with no real path in life. However, five years later, I know exactly what I want to do, and this is highly due to not only the positive influences that inspired me to do what I want to do, but also my own personal effort in working on a particular skill set. In high school, I became involved in a culinary program, where I was able to acquire a skill set in cooking as well as baking. At the beginning, I was not very proficient. I made mistakes along the way, and almost felt as if there was no hope in my dreams, to own my own bakery- cafe. However, I kept working, and was very determined to become as skilled as I possibly could. I spoke to my chef-instructors, who inspired me tremendously. These teachers acted as positive influences in my life, and they shaped me as a person. In addition, the practice I was able to complete in this culinary program allowed me to become quite skilled in the culinary arts. Even if I do not open up a bakery-cafe, this program allowed me to realize that I want a creative occupation, where I have say in many decisions, just like in a kitchen. Before the culinary program I was in, I felt as if I was unskilled in anything, and quite unprepared for my future. Now, over five years later, I know what I want in my future, and in my career. This was in large part due to the components discussed in the article. With a determined mind willing to practice even the most mundane task, one is able to become much better at this aforementioned task. When one has this determination, paired with great influences, they are golden.

  46. Skylin Riedweg October 31, 2018 at 10:09 pm #

    Although a very short article, “Who Are We Seeking to Become?” is very direct in what it is saying. I recently saw this post that said “Your life is a result of the choices you make… If you don’t like your life it is time to start making better choices.” I wholeheartedly believe that your life is what you make of it and that if you spend your time complaining about the things you don’t have rather than working for the things you do want, you’ll never get those things. If I want to be a better singer or painter, then it is up to me to work on that daily instead of wishing for something that won’t happen without hard work and dedication. The author writes, “The difference between who you are now and who you were five years ago is largely due to how you’ve spent your time along the way.” Five years ago, I was a sophomore in high school. If you had asked me then what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have said a neurosurgeon. Five years later, I am in college studying marketing. Five years from now, I may be in a career that has absolutely nothing to do with my major. It’s important to take life day by day and make the changes you feel are necessary. It doesn’t do well to dwell on the past or to only think about the future. It takes away from the present and what you are capable of accomplishing. If you want to do something, do it and if there’s an obstacle in your way, find a way around it.

  47. Arthur Herpreck November 9, 2018 at 2:39 pm #

    I realized how big were differences between people when I came to the USA from France to start college 3 years ago. I’ve learnt that american people from what I’ve seen, were very attached to having a good career and making money. And that if you want to do something you have to go get it yourself, and everybody can make it. That kind of slapped me in the face because I was not used to all this career and money chasing. People here work much more that what I was used to back home. And I am very interested in discovering what it looks like in other cultures. I would say that mine is more laid back, about money and work as I said, but also about the path that you take in life such as the fact that we do not really make a big deal of not getting married. I met a lot of people here that were very used to the same way. And I felt sometimes different than the people I was talking to, but at the same time I learnt so much by jut stepping out of my little town in France and coming here.
    It made me think about the things I wanted in life and who I wanted to be, and I came to the point that what really matters is being happy no matter if what you are doing looks different that what the society is used to do.
    I absolutely respect every culture and everything people are used to and I am not saying something is better than something else. I understand that the things I say and think can sound very different from what another person can think, and I believe that is the beauty of this world, and it makes me want to travel more and meet more people from all horizons.

  48. Danielle C March 17, 2019 at 10:26 pm #

    I can agree with Seth’s post. Each and every day we are unique in our own ways. We all have different passions and inspire to be different people in life. The time someone invests in us helps build a person in their everyday life. For myself, I work everyday to build a business background. I have learned what I like and don’t like in a business sense. I have also learned what type of business career I aspire and want to be in. Alongside that, I want to incorporate a passion I have being an esthetician with my business skills. I have not only put my time into my business sense, but also into looking into products ingredients, working on other people’s skin conditions, and finding fixes for their issues, for example skin irritations, pimples, blackheads, etc. As much as some people find that gross and disgusting, I find it to be interesting, fascinating, and intriguing to find out more and as much as I could. I have a confidence in myself being able to help others and I feel I can find that through my love for esthetics. When I combine the two together, there are endless possibilities and options of career paths and companies who need people like myself in their brands. The cosmetology and esthetician field has been growing tremendously. For people like me who put their heart and dedication into doing what they want to do and aspire to do, they will find success in what they do. I do give advice to people who want to help find what they want to do and how I found the career I chose. Personally, I had no idea I wanted to do business or be an esthetician. It wasn’t until I put myself in situations and saw how I am with every day experiences of what skills work best and what I find I have a lot of knowledge, skill, and interest in. It wasn’t until I caught myself wanting to learn more and do more of that work which made the career come about. I do advise to go with their passion and go with what they know they are good at whether that is business, sports, technology, or something else. In order for someone to truly do what they want to do and be happy with their job in the future and not regret it, they must have a passion and like it and not care for how much something pays or how big that industry is.

  49. Viviana B March 28, 2019 at 5:57 pm #

    Growing up, I was raised with the idea of “work hard now and play later”. It is something that has impacted the way I value my education and push myself to strive for the best. As a daughter of immigrants, I saw my parents convert their life from nothing to everything. My dad came to the U.S. at the age of 16 and my mom at the age of 17. They both migrated to an unfamiliar country without knowledge of the language, culture, or people. However, they worked days and nights at multiple jobs with an American dream in mind. As Seth stated, “you get what you invest”, my parents received what they for so long desired through their hard work and dedication. They gave up their teen years of partying with friends and having “the college experience” to instead invest in their future. While many their age were going to bed at 4 am, they were waking up to get ready for a long day of work. They invested their time and knowledge in growing their careers and becoming successful. Today, many of my parents’ friends who chose the partying over their self-growth are drowned in debt, in an unhappy, unstable job, or living paycheck to paycheck. Where are my parents? They are two proud entrepreneurs of a business employed by more than a hundred employees. They travel, own a beautiful house, live a debt-free life, and continue to invest in their future. To me, they are a true result of what Seth meant in stating that one receives what one invests in.

    Like my parents, there are many other success stories of individuals who have dedicated
    their time and effort to achieve their desired goals. Although each person’s journey to success is different, they all still have two things in common: persistence and perseverance. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder, could have stopped his social media platform’s success once it reached popularity at Harvard University. However, he continued to improve Facebook to develop it into what it is today. He chose to end his college career and instead invest all his time and money into growing his own business. Facebook did not acquire its global fame overnight, but Zuckerberg’s confidence in his creation motivated him to continue working for it. Walt Disney also had a rough start to his career as not a lot of people believed in his cartoon character, Mickey Mouse. Like Zuckerberg, he overcame the challenges he was confronted with, and emerged himself in his projects, movies, and all Disney related plans he had. Disney and Zuckerberg’s stories are just two of the many success journeys that have occurred. Their continuous persistence and perseverance led them to their globally admired achievements.

    Throughout the years, I have learned that the secret to success is simple, think of something extraordinary and work hard for it. Many will say to me, “oh you’re just in college, take it easy”, but the truth is that college is not about “taking it easy”, it’s about attempting to acquire the knowledge and networks that will lead one to success. Unlike many college students, I prefer to attend a networking event or business conference rather than a party. I spend hours in my room studying and expanding my knowledge on the ins and outs of the business world. I seek mentorship from professors and other business professionals that I believe will positively impact my career. I am dedicating my time to do things that are not the “norm” for people my age and creating a competitive advantage for my future. Although, I get judged for being “boring”, I know that essentially all my dedication and hard work will be worth it. I am investing in myself today, so that I can receive a better tomorrow.

  50. Julia Collins June 14, 2019 at 12:20 am #

    Many of our lives have the same common theme of phases. We go through several phases as we age, and each phase seems to be a stepping stone towards answering the question this article is asking. I think the question speaks for a lot of people because everyone is trying to find their purpose in life. Some people struggle more than others trying to figure this out. We are constantly trying to find the answers to this simple question. It’s hard for some people to figure out what they are good at and what they’re not so great at. I believe that testing the waters and trying to figure out what your passion is will help to find your purpose in the world. Many of us are influenced by our friends and social media to act and think a certain way but we need to be more independent. If you find something that you enjoy doing, then it’s worth spending time every day to work hard on that passion and get better at it.
    The most important thing to take away from this article is that you create your reality. We have to put in the type of energy and vibes that we want to get out of our lives. Doubting yourself and being negative will only create negative results. Tell yourself that you can do it. Tell yourself that you will do it. Eventually you’ll be saying that you did it. Your friends and family should be positive and uplifting for all of the choices that you make. Having people that support you for doing what makes you happy is going to help in becoming what you seek to be. Never settle for less and be open minded because that can take you a long way. If you choose not to be that way, then you can end up in the same position years from now. Personally, I can say that I am not the same person I was 5 years ago. I think that everyone needs to grow, mature and really try to do different things to figure out what you may want to head towards. Whether it’s having a family, getting that dream job or just genuinely being a better person, tell yourself you can, and you will witness that you will.

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