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SoL: Different Perspectives

Linking with Two Writing Teachers for a Slice of Life

So on Sunday, I went to see a play called Good People. I went with a good friend. In it, the main character says another character was "lucky" and that's why he got out of their neighborhood and was successful. She's still stuck in Southie because she didn't have the same "luck" as him.

So as we were walking out, my friend and I started talking about that. I firmly believe you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it and work really hard. It's all about having a growth mindset and not making excuses.  It's something I try to instill in my students.  You may have some bad circumstances but you can overcome anything.

My friend was saying that sometimes circumstances are just working against you and that's why you end up in bad places.

We got into a heated discussion about it. I think we are just fundamentally of different mindsets. To me, bad things happen to you but you can't let it get in your way and stop you. I've had plenty of obstacles in my life but today I'm a respected teacher who has a great family, career and overall life quality.

What do you think?  Is it luck, perseverance, hard work, something else or all of the above?

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