Patricia Gonzalez #HBRStory: Graduation Dream Comes True
Patricia, a single mom, from Texas, who joined #HBRBootcamp in 2015. She applied the #HBRMethod to complete a long time dream, and manifested her moment!
This is her inspiring story...
The scariest step is always going to be the first. In the forty-four years of my life, I can honestly say that I have taken numerous “first steps”. This journey stems from being an only child, living with a man before marriage, marrying him, divorcing him and then having two children (yes, all in that order!) Another part of my journey consisted of taking college classes; but never achieving the ultimate reward called a “Bachelor’s Degree”!
I truly felt a sense of loneness, insecurities and most definitely uncertainty before I joined. The question that was a constant tidal wave in my brain was, “How in the world will I get through this”? Unknowingly, I never had a true vision; I was going through the motions and trying to keep a positive mindset. There was many times I questioned myself, “Was I being a good mother by raising my kids by myself? Will I ever see graduation and get my degree?”
#HBRSoundtrack: “Set Fire to the Rain” –Adele
This summer made a positive impact on my outlook on life; I was introduced to the 8-step plan that would change my life, it is called “Hustle Believe Receive” the #HBRMethod. I suddenly realized that I have a lot of changes to make; never realizing how infectious my surroundings were. I changed the negativity that was suffocating my dreams and created a new #HBRCrew.
#HBRSoundtrack: “Shake It Off” –Taylor Swift
I truly felt a sense of freedom and learned that I had to create a vision of what my future WILL BE! #DreamIt. Once I set the stage of how I wanted my life to play out; I realized that I was holding myself back from my own success. It was no one else’s issues; they were my own, so, I owned it! Realizing it was going to take work, determination and most importantly, a positive mindset!
#HBRSoundtrack: “Work” –Iggy Azalea
I created my vision; although my vision consisted of numerous aspirations and dreams, there was one main win I wanted to achieve! I was determined to graduate from college before my son, who is a high school senior! He was set to graduate by summer of 2016; and I was determined to cross the stage before my son! #RelentlessPursuit
#HBRSoundtrack: “Run the World (Girls)” –Beyonce
Through the struggles, I was able to successfully focus on my dream, and remain positive that my wishes were coming true (#BelieveIT). I had a #PinchMeMoment when my counselor shared this was going to be my last semester and then I am a graduate!!!! That was a moment that I felt numbness, and at the same time as if I jumped out of my seat, filled with so much excitement!
#HBRSoundtrack: “Feel This Moment” –Pitbull
My ultimate moment is when I picked my cap and gown up. #ManifestThat Officially, I graduate this winter with a Bachelor’s of Applied Science specializing in Management. All my hard word had finally manifested! I not only showed myself that all things are possible; but I showed my children that our dreams have no limits! Dreams are ageless and most definitely attainable; we just have to HUSTLE, BELIEVE, RECEIVE!
Thank you Sarah and my #HBRFamily for all your love, support and believing! You all are amazing and I am forever thankful to each of you!"