I had a really interesting talk with my friend the other day over her concerns with the job market etc…and I want to relate something I learned in class to the conversation I had with her. As I was sitting in my capstone class, my teacher was talking about Microsoft getting into the video game industry to “play the game” in order to be able to play the next big game which is the battle for the living room. Microsoft reported an 8 billion dollar loss in the video game industry, however, it is still playing. Why? They have a vision, and they have bought the ticket to be able to play in the next big thing. We can do this in life .

To be able to play in your dreams, you have to buy the the ticket now. A lot of the time that involves large amounts of sacrifice. But as the old saying goes, if you don’t know where you are going…then any path will take you there.

I find out today whether or not I won the Senior Award given out by Mr. Nobili each year to one student. It was an absolute honor to be nominated for the award, and the competitive side in me really wants to win. These past few days with interviews and everything have been unbelievable and I am starting to feel more and more confident that I can go into a room and talk and establish rapport with people I don’t even know. It really does come down to being able to tell your story in a way that captures an audience…and thank god I have been practicing this by writing here for the past few years.

As my college career closes, I look back on all of the things I have done, all the people who I have met, and am just overwhelmed with joy. Things were not perfect, and while at the beginning I wanted them to be, I realize now that the reason I am here today…and the reason I am who I am is because things weren’t great at times. But as the sun goes up, it must also go down. We must never expect there to be times of darkness…because then the light is not as satisfying. We cannot protect ourselves from it…but learn to see in the dark.

I sit here writing today a happy man. One grateful for everything that I have been given and everyone who has held out their hands to me over the years. I also am incredibly happy about the fact that I have a community of people here, almost all of you I have never met, that support my dreams. You guys make it happen. Without you, I would be writing into space. However, with your comments and insights, I really get to take a great look into other people’s lives and see what you are getting from my learning. I think we can all learn from each other… our mistakes and victories.


Happiness is shared,



Evan Sanders

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  • Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
    June 8, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I hope you get the award, but even if you don’t know you are outstanding. Your writing is always so inspirational. I hope you keep blogging even as you move on to other chapters in your life. You have so much to share with the world.

  • TME
    June 8, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Reblogged this on Wisdom in the Whisper™ and commented:
    Here’s some great “Web Wisdom” from the author of one of my favorite blogs, “The Better Man Project”. “To be able to play in your dreams, you have to buy the the ticket now. A lot of the time that involves large amounts of sacrifice. But as the old saying goes, if you don’t know where you are going…then any path will take you there.”

  • Nancy Pilling
    June 8, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Congrats Evan. Remember to always enjoy the journey. It’s the best part of any trip.

  • thewardanceofthemindandsoul
    June 8, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    You’ve worked so hard to get where you are Evan. Always hoping the day would come when you knew you were right – you were meant to play a valuable part in helping other people believe in themselves! Sounds like you’ve succeeded my friend. Well done! The people of the world are proud and grateful to have you inspire them! Thank you!

  • evea192
    June 8, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Nice song. Like every one said already, hope u get that award. U are doing great, keep it up.

  • Marsha J. O'Brien
    June 8, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Wonderful post! Congratulations on so many things! Today you happiness actually affected me- and may I say I feel proud you are the type man you are- a real man. Sacrifice is an important action. Blessings to you!

  • togetherone
    June 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Your writing comes from the heart. :o)

  • Mrs. Cain aka Job lady
    June 10, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    The imperfections in a journey is what makes the journey worthwhile & enlightening. The surprises & the unexpected can open the door to character development… it is obvious that you embrace every opportunity as one to learn. Congrats!

  • Pink Ninjabi
    June 11, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Awesome post and great encouragement to continue in my part-time distance studies in my 30s. Thank you.