For many years jobs such as doctors, accountants, and corporate executives were considered high profile . In the last decade, careers in the field of law have become more important due to the increasing number of lawsuits. One of my many long term goals is to become a tax lawyer. This is a goal I have held near to my heart form several years. I can see myself walking into a packed court room with my Italian suit and penny loafers on. The court room grows silent as my client pleads not guilty. The judge raps his gavel and a court date is set. It is a goal that is very distant and may change, but it is one goal that I must strive for to achieve. For many teenagers this is the leading cause of failure later in life. Many people loose their focus. A wise man once said, “Dreams are what life is made up of.” This statement is true in the sense that if you have dreams you have something to look forward to; something to focus on; even something to live for. Knowing that you are a VIP is important in the decision-making process. To accomplish your dreams, you must first face adversity in the eye and conquer your fears. For me personally, training to be a lawyer will take time and commitment. I must constantly look at where I am now and evaluate where I need to go from here. There will never be a time in your life where you are at the top. You must keep climbing the ladder of success. Fortunately I know that. I have a good G.P.A., but I know there is always someone smarter than me, so I continue to expand my knowledge. Also, there are many obstacles that will stand in my way. Most of the decisions I will make in the next ten years will have a profound impact on me as a person, and society as a whole. I hope that we, as the graduating class of 2000, make good decisions because we are the future. Whether we choose to be drug addicts, alcoholics, or thieves will change the way people treat us and look at us. I know that things such as drugs will only hurt me, and my performance in school. That is why I have made up my mind to never compromise my life or values due to peer pressure. There is only one way for me to get where I’m going and that is through hard word and determination. I must get my high school diploma as well as go to college. The truth of the matter is that good people sometimes fail. But if they really care, they will not go down without a fight. Many times the people you think care about you most will be the ones who lead to your demise. If your friends are truly your friends, they won’t make you do something you don’t want to do. It is okay to say no! There are no problems so big you can’t solve them. As long as you have your goals in prospective, you can accomplish them. Part of being a teenager is growing up, knowing your limits, and taking responsibility for your life. There are consequences for every action you make (small or large). Having goals is about keeping your focus. Don’t forget to see the big picture. When a situation arises, you must act–not react. It is important that you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Everyone around you is effected by the way you talk, act, and express your feelings to others. Ronald Regan once said, “If you don’t have a dream, any road will get you there!” In other words if you don’t have dreams, you don’t have direction.