So many things can happen in our lives, (and often do), that can deter us from achieving our goals. It is terribly difficult to deal with and it would be so easy to just throw up your hands and call it quits, but you can’t. You just can’t do it! You have to stay motivated and keep moving forward. The keyword here is motivation which is the topic of this blog post.

One of my reasons for writing this post is because I just happened to find out by accident that the school that I attended, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh closed its doors for good earlier this year. I was actually searching for something else and found some articles on it. I was shocked. I considered it a very good school and felt that I got an excellent education there. What I learned there is why I can to do what I do today. So I read on.

Apparently, they were dealing with declining student enrollment and money issues so they sold it to Dream Center Education Holdings who mismanaged it so badly that it caused several schools to lose their accreditation so the company closed most of the schools across the country abruptly. This left the current students attending not knowing what to do. Dream Center Education Holdings even went as far as allowing students to take two semesters of classes knowing they weren’t accredited anymore.

Now there are many lawsuits going on with students seeking loan forgiveness for their debts and rightfully so. I totally agree with them. I would do the exact same thing. I can’t imagine how those current students still attending must have felt when they found out what was going on. It would be so devastating to have the rug pulled out from under you that way, not to mention having some company rip you off for classes that can’t even go towards your degree.

But some of the lawsuits are from former students claiming that they didn’t get and couldn’t get jobs in their chosen field of study after they graduated. And that got me thinking, is it really the school’s responsibility to find you a job after you graduate? Maybe to help you and point you in the right direction but isn’t some of that up to you? Couldn’t some of it be a person’s motivation and drive to want to find a job in their chosen field, or lack of it be part of the reason also? And is that really a good enough reason to sue? There could many factors why a person can’t find a job after graduation. It could even be the current economy.

The way the world is today, it is totally possible to create your own jobs, be independent, and never have to work for anyone else ever again. When I chose the Art Institute of Pittsburgh I actually attend the Online Division, (also closed), my sole reason for choosing that school and the field of study that I did was so that I could create my own path, my own opportunities, and work independently. I had some very specific goals in mind and was highly motivated to achieve them. So I didn’t rely on or wait for the school to find me work. I figured out ways to find work in my field for myself.

By that point in my life, I was fed up with job loss because I had dealt with a lot of it. What it taught me was the best person to rely on is yourself. If you have your own business are you really going to fire or lay yourself off? And I won’t lie it isn’t an easy road to travel working for yourself as many other people know as well, I am sure. But even if you work for someone else whether it a person or a company, there is no job security anymore anywhere. It isn’t like it used to be way back when you could have one job and retire from it. It just doesn’t work that way anymore. So for me personally, I would rather be in control of that myself even though at times it can be a struggle to find work as a freelancer.

The point to all of this is that we ourselves need to be and stay motivated to achieve our goals and live our dreams. We can’t dump it in someone else’s lap and blame them if we can’t get to where we want to be. It is up to us to take control and stay motivated and be determined enough to get past the roadblocks that life throws at us. And there will always be some on the path to our goals. That is one thing that all of us can count on. We may hit them and we may fail sometimes but we cannot give up no matter what.