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How I never lose motivation.

realchrissean profile image Chris Sean 🪐 ・2 min read

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The one thing that pushes me to keep going at the pace I’m at is this one word..... #gratitude.

I know I’m not supposed to be here. I know I was not suppose to survive the day I was born.

I know that after wasting my entire 20s on video games and being lazy.. there’s no way that I should have been able to make up for that in just four and a half years.

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Im a college dropout (Im a proud dropout one to be exact).

I don’t think anyone in my family would have thought I’d reach this level of success today. But that’s fine. I never do anything to prove myself to another human. I do it to prove to myself that I can do it.

I recognize that all odds were against me. I mean I was in special ed all of elementary school because I had a speech impediment & took so long to learn even the easiest of things. Then my step dad told them to take me out of the program because he believed that I’m more capable than what people realize 🙏.

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I had no idea I’d be where I am today. But I am. And I feel nothing but gratitude for that.

Not ONE thing was ever given to me. I didn’t grow up super rich. No one paid for my college. When I was struggling to even eat, not one person would offer to help but my mom who was even struggling herself (hence why I’m more than happy to pay her bills now).

I know how lucky I am to be here. I know that many peole would do anything to be in my shoes and that is why I feel nothing but gratitude today. #devslife

Chris Sean
Developer Relations Engineer | New Reilc

I'll be speaking at my very first conference next month! I'd really appreciate you signing up here 🙏🙏🙏.

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Michael Tharrington (he/him) • Edited

"I know that after wasting my entire 20s on video games and being lazy.. there’s no way that I should have been able to make up for that in just four and a half years."

"Wasting" — no way. Video games are time well spent! Hahaha, kidding... sorta 😝

This is a super relatable post. Congrats on getting to where you are and so awesome that the thing keeping it all in perspective for ya is gratitude. I'm gonna take note and remember to appreciate all the things I have + use it as a driver to keep me going.

Also, congrats on the upcoming talk!! 🙌

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