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Does hard work really pay off?

Updated on August 18, 2014

The question here is does hard work and dedication really pay off? I've been wondering about the answer to that question for years and years. After graduating college with a 4.0 I thought for sure I would be able to find a scholarship that would help pay for my degree. Instead I never received anything from anyone.

Then comes along another opportunity from the federal government. I thought for sure I would be able to take advantage of the federal governments "FORGIVENESS" offer, nope not that either. My student loans were through another financial institution that does not qualify for this "FORGIVENESS." Not for sure why that matters it seems we all went to college and all have student loans, why the difference.

I've worked hard my entire life like many people I know, but not many started at the age of 10. I paid rent when I was 16 and have worked in the emergency services sector since the day I was old enough to be part of that sector. Today I have a good job thanks to all those years of dedication to the services and blessed opportunities. Like most I did not have the opportunity to go to college right out of high school, I worked and attend many years later.

I worked one full time job and one part time job while attending college full time. I swore to myself I would dedicate myself to college and graduate Suma Cum Laude. I graduated with a 4.0 and obtained my Suma Cum Laude status. People say good things come to those that wait, I believe that but I'm getting older fast and I've waited and waited for that good thing to come. So with that said, I ask the question: Does hard work really pay off?

The answer is YES it does. I know I'm not rich and live pay check to pay check but I love what I do and the people I'm surrounded by. They have no clue my life is one bad financial incident away from being destroyed and having to drop back and punt. The people I work with have their own issues they do not need to hear mine. I don't live outside my means, would you believe I spend the majority of the money I make on my 66 year old mother and 90 year old grandmother that do not have the money to make it on their own. I only wish I could help provide them with better homes.

After my rant about the "FORGIVENESS" offer I realized how much I really have tried to make life better for my family and myself. As far as the hard work paying off question; It's all about family, that's why hard work pays off. Thanks for listening to my rant!!

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