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My name is Anna Trishch.
My life story is quite usual, but different from others.
I was born in a small Ukrainian town. My parents are honest and kind people but they neither had money nor important connections. Although surrounded with love and care, as a child and a teenager I encountered many tough situations related to financial issues. Later in life I understood that those financial challenges played the key role in establishing a strong sense of self-reliance and determination. Since I can remember myself I have always aspired to become significant and become a master of my own universe. It was not easy though. As you understand, a small town doesn’t usually provide many opportunities for people with big dreams. But I decided to keep going no matter what and prevail against all odds.
My parents’ life philosophy was simple but not really motivating: every person’s life path was predetermined by destiny and one could not do anything else other than accept it. I refused to accept that truth. It didn’t sound true to me anyways. Having a curious nature, I asked many questions regarding life, happiness, contentment and dreams. I was wondering if we could control our destiny, and I have understood and realized that I could not change my start. My background will always remain the same (I really love my parents, but their philosophy has nothing to do with ambitions, success, life of achievement or life of progress and development). However, I was thinking that I could definitely change my present and my future. The transition in beliefs was not that easy to make, since I was brought up in the atmosphere of limited ways of thinking.
“Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” – Jamie Paolineth
I developed self-consciousness and an unbridled inspiring belief that I could do better in my life. I refused to settle for less, because life can offer much more and its resources are unlimited. In the beginning, my ambitions were holding on bare enthusiasm, but later they acquired “flesh and blood”.
At the age of twelve I told my mom that I would be studying at one of the best universities in Ukraine and one day I would live in the USA. My mom thought I was crazy. Back in the day, higher education was corrupted and extremely (for our family) expensive. And the trip to the USA from our small town was almost the same as the trip to space. Nevertheless, little by little I was pursuing my own dreams.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Confucius.
In my case it was the desire to change my life. I didn’t know how it was going to happen, I simply knew why. Like Tony Robbins always emphasizes that you have to develop strong compelling reasons why you want to change something. Reasons come first; answers come second. If you have compelling a enough reason why you want to achieve something you will figure out the way to do it. I wanted a better quality of my life, and that’s what gave me the unconditional belief in my potential.
At the same time, I didn’t have any gifts or special talents. All I had was a burning passion. Small but consistent empowering choices have brought me to receiving a degree from a prestigious Ukrainian university, knowing two foreign languages (English and French) and most importantly, living and writing in the USA. The journey was long and with thorns. Yet, all those difficulties and trials have shaped my personality. No matter how many stones I stumbled across on my life path, and I still have challenges occurring, I have always been going in the direction of my dreams.
I have discovered the universal truth about human greatness and unlimited potential, and I want to share it with you. I have always been convinced that there is no such thing as impossible; even the word itself says “I am possible.”