Moms, dads, and high school seniors, I'm going to ask you to do something harder than almost anything you have ever done. It's going to take extreme focus, dedication, and soul-searching, especially this time of year when admissions decisions are beginning to get rolled out and emotions are at an all-time high. However, it is a complete mindset shift when you commit fully to this idea.
Your daily goal? Focus on yourselves and your kids, and not on other students who are going through the process.
Don't get me wrong, you can be happy for someone else who gets accepted to a college or gets a big scholarship. In fact, I hope you are! But the opposite—bad-mouthing and jealousy—are two of the ugliest things you can do. When you eliminate them from your life, you achieve beyond anything you ever thought could happen because you invest in yourself.
In the end, everyone wants to end up at a college, company, job, family, and community that values who they are. And until you find that place or that person, keep looking. When you do, the right college, company, job, family, and community will allow you to shine.