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Stressed and Pressured; but good dreams will never die.

Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail.

There are some who say that life is an eternal struggle and for me it certainly is. How hectic the recent days have been… I gained $1000 in the stock market in one day, then lost $2000 of it in day trading, and from that I learned alot. One; emotions will always make you lose money, you have to be calm at all costs. Two; Learn to use stop limits. Three; I have bad luck (the stock I bought lost money that day, but went up every other day since). But then again, day trading is a zero sum game so that’s with the risks associated with it. At least I made a positive profit that quarter, though not as much as I could’ve. I still have yet to make a net loss in any quarter which is good, but I feel like I should be doing better, I still have 14k of debt to pay off after all.

In other news, I’ve discovered that it is near impossible for me to graduate with over a 3.0 GPA. BackToCollege.com says I need 12 credits with an average of 3.7 or 9 credits with an average of 4.0 to bump my measly GPA up to 3.0. What this means is that I’m probably unable to get into any grad school. The school I’m looking at is UC Irvine Business school. For several reasons: 1) Prime location, good for IT and business, did I mention Blizzard Entertainment is headquartered in Irvine? 2) Always wanted to graduate from UC (I would have gotten rejected from UCLA my dream school), so graduate school seems like a second chance to redeem myself almost. 3) Irvine is not a top 20 school, nor is it a low rank. It’s a school that I’d be proud of graduating from, that I’d have a decent shot at getting into (as opposed to the usual Stanford, Harvard, Berkeley, etc).

Sadly though it seems my dreams are slipping away; with their minimum acceptance GPA being 3.0, how am I going to attain that in time for graduation? I’d have to stay an extra year at UT AND ace all my courses to get that, a feat that I doubt that I could achieve. My best bet is to do my best and hope for the best, try and ace all my courses in my last year and see. Then work for 4-5 years and do amazingly well on the GMAT and cross my fingers.

Uncertainty – what would life be without uncertainty…the thing I need most now is guidance, reassurance and confidence.

Edit:
For anyone who hasn’t read it, Think and Grow Rich and Rich Dad, Poor Dad are both amazing motivational books.
I will list the 30 keys to success I’ve learned from these books and hopefully I can adhere to them:

  • A favorable hereditary background.
  • A well-defined purpose in life
  • Ambition
  • Education
  • Self-discipline
  • Good health
  • Positive childhood environment
  • Lack of Procrastination
  • Persistence
  • Positive personality
  • Controlled sexual urges
  • Controlled desires
  • Decisiveness
  • Lack of fear
  • Selection of a good spouse
  • Cautious but not too much
  • The right business associates
  • Open minded
  • Faith and Belief in your endeavors
  • Concentration of effort
  • Controlled spending
  • Enthusiasm
  • Tolerance
  • Temperance
  • Cooperation with others
  • Self made power
  • Honesty
  • Modesty
  • Thinking over guessing
  • Sufficient Capital

In other news I also have an equipment review for those of you interested in seeing what I use: