You Can't Keep Me Down
Author: Byron Pulsifer, © 2011
It seems like yesterday when I was told that I would never amount to anything. I always vividly remember those words and those very words stuck with me for the rest of my life but these words didn't stick the way you think.
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You May Be Wondering Who Said These Words To Me?
It was certainly not my parents as you might first think. Although, some people may have thought this given that I was a headstrong young man always rebelling at what I was told to do or how to do something. You are right in that I certainly had my own way of doing things and you are right in that I did not like to follow rules - or rules that I thought were stupid or totally illogical, or what could be considered a double standard.
Now, Back To Who Told Me Those Memorable Words
It all started in high school and the school principal. At this time, I also learned all about favouritism and who your family was and what they did for a living. I made what I thought was a simple request of the principal and this request was one that had been granted to certain individuals before. What I couldn't understand was that his reply was a definite "no way". I asked him why? He said it could not be done because it was against school policies. I argued in disagreement indicating precisely whom he had approved for the same request. It didn't matter - the answer was no.
To make a long story short, I became very annoyed with the principal and continued to argue the point. He, in turn, proceeded to tell me in no uncertain terms that I would never amount to anything. There was nothing else I could do, so I left his office.
Needless to say, I was very upset at these very negative words. I graduated from high school, barely, and took the first job I could find all the while thinking that this was probably all I would end up doing - that is, menial jobs. But, I didn't want to believe
the principal - it seemed that, on the one hand he was right because I did not go on to college or university or even have a great job. Over the next couple of years, I bounced from one job to the next never being satisfied but always remembering what that high school principal had said.
Then, one day I got really angry . . . .
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