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Confessions of a First Class LLB Graduate

On motivation, drive to success and sacrifice…

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successI was interested to read this post on Business Insider, titled ‘When You’re Driven, It’s Normal for People not to Like You’. Having been bitten by the blogging bug recently, I decided I ought to blog on this. (and just in case you’ve only just stumbled upon my blog – you might want to read my Tips on reducing stress and managing time and My little ‘Aiming high(er)’ story)

Firstly, what does it mean to be driven? Allow me to borrow the brilliant components of D.R.I.V.E. offered by Chris Lott  on his website.

Disciplined   Resourceful  Ingenious  Voracious  Entrepreneurial

In my own words, it means having the guts to sometimes make sacrifices in your life for the sake of achieving a goal. It means staying focused, no matter how difficult. It means getting chills down your spine just by the thought of achieving that goal you have been working so hard towards over the last few years. Motivation, determination and ambition to succeed.  That is what drives me. What challenges me. What sustains me living.

Some people call it workaholism. I don’t mind. Some of the greatest things in my life I have achieved by being workaholic. I call it dedication to my work.

Now, is it really normal for people not to like you when you are driven? It depends on the people. I have met a few from both worlds. Some admire me for being driven. Others are jealous because they can’t be. Yet others consider me boring. I don’t mind either. I value people’s opinion and I understand that different people have different values in life. Yet I have been lucky enough to have received a lot of support, both from colleagues and family. Sometimes from friends – my real friends I mean.

Moving on to sacrifice – is it really necessary to make sacrifices to be successful? My short answer is yes. My longer answer is – it depends whether it is worth it. Have I made any? Sadly, I have. I have sacrificed my social life to some extent this year. I will probably need to do it in the years to come. I have also sacrificed part of my night’s sleep. It is a long and sometimes painful journey to achieving my ultimate goal of becoming a lawyer. I’d like to believe it is worth it…

What keeps me going? It is all of the lovely people I have in my life at the moment. The ones that support me, the ones that tell me ‘It’s not always going to be like that’, the ones that believe in me … and the ones that look at me with caring eyes and say ‘You should really get some sleep’. To those people I want to say THANK YOU. You have no idea what an invaluable source of energy your support has been for me.

There’s one more thing that keeps me going: my honest believe that hard work always pays off. And if that really is the case, then life owes me, life owes me big time…

Lawfully yours,



Author: Valya Georgieva

A recent first class LLB (Hons) graduate from the University of Portsmouth with over 2 years' experience in supporting the Litigation Department of a leading regional law firm. Currently leveraging social media in search for a training contract with a medium to large corporate/commercial practice. Part time LPC student at the University of Law, Guildford.

One thought on “On motivation, drive to success and sacrifice…

  1. Thanks for the mention… Chris Lott

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