By Stephanie Ciccarelli
January 26, 2011
Have you ever given much thought to how you got to where you are today?
The people you were surrounded by, everything you learned, worked toward or experienced have contributed to what you find yourself doing now.
If you had to chart your course, what would it look like?
Yesterday I returned to my alma mater, the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario, and gave a presentation on the steps I took from my days at Western to co-founding Voices.com.
My presentation was the first in a new series of talks where alumni return to share their story and answer questions for students, both undergraduate and graduate, and provide insight and guidance in a question and answer period.
While we only had 50 minutes, I think we could have run for several hours on the topic of becoming an entrepreneur, specifically, how voice majors and music students could thrive as voice over talent.
Aside from the prospect of voice acting, which of course was a very popular topic, part of what interested them was how the course that was charted for me wasn't necessarily the way I had planned it. I think sharing how things went for me gave them hope that even if they hadn't achieved everything in the order they wanted it to get done on their to-do list, they could still make a life for themselves and be happy.
I'm sure we can all agree that our lives doesn't always go exactly according to our plans. That being said, I firmly believe that there are no accidents or coincidences and base this perspective upon personal experience. Although my heart may have determined the course I am taking, I believe that God guides my steps and this gives me comfort.
Looking back on all that has happened to get from point A to point B, even though there were bumps and surprises along the way that I wouldn't have chosen, I could not have planned it better myself. For instance, something that may have seemed like an obstacle turned out to be a turning point or an opportunity for growth.
We all face challenges, and when you walk through a trial successfully (and have learned a thing or two!), you are stronger for it.
I'd love to hear about how your life has turned out, whether expected or unexpected, and how your past has shaped where you are today.
Looking forward to your response!
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