Personal Development

Oh, the Ways You’ll Grow!

Dream Big

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.” — Steve Jobs

Early on in life, my Mom got me reading Dr. Suess and watching Disney.

Together, they helped me dream big and reach for the stars and always challenge myself to become something more.

The phrase that comes to mind is, “You were born for something more.”

While Jiminy Cricket got me wishing upon the stars so that my dreams would come true, Dr. Suess inspired me to get out there, take on the world and make it happen with Oh, the Places You’ll Go.

If you never read it, it’s a classic.

I remember my first day of middle school reminding myself of all the places I would go.  Whenever I found myself somewhere new and out of my comfort zone and wondering how to go forward, I would flash back to Oh, the Places You’ll Go.

It was especially poignant when, on the last day of my class, How To Study in College, at Arizona State University, the teacher gave us each a printout of Oh, the Places You’ll Go, as she read this out loud to us.  It was her way of saying, you’re ready for the world.

And Dr. Suess had a way of saying, bring it on.

For all my friends and those that need a lift, please enjoy my version for you…

Oh, the Ways You’ll Grow!

Oh the Ways Youll Grow

Woo-hoo! Today is your day to shine!
You’ve got the brains to think and the feet to roam.
You’re destined for greatness and destined to soar!
The direction you choose is completely your own!

Take a look at the streets, and weigh your options with glee.
You’ll say, “Nah, that’s not the place for me!”
With your noggin full of smarts and your shoes ready to go,

You’ll avoid any avenue that’s not so-so.

In the driver’s seat, you are the one,
Steering yourself, you’ll have fun!
Look around, choose with care,

And if the road’s not there,

Just head out to the open air,
Adventure awaits, without a care!
You’ll soar to new heights, don’t be shy,

Be the best of the best, you’ll fly high!

But hold on, don’t let the setbacks slow,
Just carry on, don’t let it show.
Encounter challenges, but don’t be scared,

For a better road may soon be bared.

And who knows, you might just find,
A magical place, with a boomin’ sound!
You’re a winner, that’s for sure,

Good fortune awaits, you’ll be a hit, for sure!

Sometimes, you’ll play games on your own,
But that’s okay, you’re not alone.
Embrace the quiet, face your fears,

You got this, don’t shed any tears.

So, go out and make the most,
Have fun and conquer any demon or ghost!
Surprise yourself, it’s plain to see,

You can do it, just wait and see!

The world is waiting, ready to see,

What amazing things you’ll do and be!
Get ready, and have a blast,
Today’s your day, you’re ready at last!

You Do You

Wait, before you go, there is another reminder I want to share from Dr. Suess:

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” ? Dr. Seuss

And, in the words of Shakespeare:

“To thine own self be true!” — William Shakespeare

Enjoy your journey and you do you.

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