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THE

SUCCESS
STORYof

YOU
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Brandon L. Griffin
FBLA-PBL Board of
Directors, Business/
Industry Representative
Gannett / USA TODAY,
Client Success Manager

n middle school,

a measure of success is being inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. In high
school, a measure of success is being at the top of your class, getting scholarships for
college, and being accepted into the most prestigious college. In college, a measure of
success is graduating and moving into the career of your dreams. When a career is started,
a measure of success is being promoted to higher positions, making more money, and
eventually being able to live the life of your dreams without having to work so hard. These
are measures of success for some, but there are individuals who have achieved all these
things and are still completely miserable.
I started my first business in elementary school. Several businesses and 20 years later,
there is one thing I know for sure: Success is personal and must be defined by your own ideas.
Growing up, at first, what my classmates' thought was important shaped my view of
success. Then, what my family and close friends thought was important shaped my view
of success. I tried my best to live up to their standards, and despite my best efforts and
intentions, I still "failed".
One day, however, stars aligned. I was awarded a $40,000 college scholarship. Not
because I was a straight 'A' student. Because I was not. Not because I played sports. Because
I did not. I received the college scholarship because I started a business while still in high
school. This was a moment of validation for me. I realized that I could achieve some of
the same traditional goals, like getting a college scholarship, without having to follow the
same traditional path of others. I could achieve these goals on my terms, doing things that
I loved and brought me joy.
Realizing I could navigate a non-traditional path to success was further reinforced
when I studied the lives of the "successful". From reading their biographies, watching their
commencement speech keynote addresses on YouTube, to having personal conversations
with them. I learned their road to success in many cases was unique and non-traditional.
Everyone did not finish at the top of their class. Some people got fired on their first jobs.
Everyone did not have the support of their family. And some even had a lot of financial

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