The Importance of Sacrifice

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By Kia Robinson

Being a young adult is a tough. You’re at a point in your life where you have an idea of what you want but there is still so much work to be done. You’re at an age, and in a society, where you see your peers doing great things and you begin to question if you’re doing enough. You’re working extremely hard, but for some reason, your success sometimes doesn’t play out the way you thought it would and your hard work isn’t paying off. Trust and believe that absolutely none of your work is in vain. In fact, this is how the story goes for most successful people and quite frankly this is only the beginning.

There isn’t one successful person who has achieved anything without some sort of sacrifice. There will be late nights, early mornings, assignments that you don’t want to do and most importantly, people you don’t want to work with. Never question if any of this will pay off because the answer is and will always be, “yes”. While sacrifices don’t always feel good in the moment, your career will thank you later.

There’s a saying, “do what you have to do, so you can do what you want to do,” and this can serve as a guiding quote for young adult life. Honestly, this can serve as a guide for the rest of your life. The sacrifices you make now can help you create a future filled with countless things you want to do. Later in life, you’ll realize that missing a few happy hours to stay a little later at work actually wasn’t that bad.

If you have to miss a few brunches for an opportunity to further your career, trust me, it will be okay. This is the name of the game when you’re on the path to success. In the future, instead of attending the brunches, you’ll be hosting them. They’ll be sold-out events.

This piece is to serve as a reminder that it is going to be perfectly fine. There will be times when you feel like you’re missing out on a lot because you’re always working. There will also be times when you feel like you’re not working hard enough. There will be times when you feel like you’re hard work isn’t paying off. Trust me, this is all laying the foundation for the success that is in your future. Don’t worry. You’re well on your way.


Kia is a recent college graduate that's simply trying to grasp the concept of "adulting". She enjoys hugs, quotes, a good book, and all things motivational. Her favorite book is The Alchemist and she can watch Girlfriends all day long.