Breaking the Cycles to Succeed

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  1. Olly


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    Feb 5, 2020
    Success is a journey that everyone tries to take at some point in life. The journey is marred with challenges and odds that one has to overcome to achieve his/her goals. Breaking the Cycle entails changing a despicable situation that has been ongoing for a long period of time, such as poverty. In this context, the cycles refer to the factors that hinder the progress and their functioning suppresses any kind of effort to rise economically. The book Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard by Lizz Murray, offers a personal account of success and redemption and perfectly illustrates how a person can break cycles of retardation to ultimately achieve success in life. Lizz Murray claims that one has to break the negative cycles in his/her life to experience a change because it is the only way to overcome obstacles in order to have a successful life. Hence, the paper supports this claim with ‘The Significance of Grit’ by Angela Duckworth, ‘I just Wanna Be Average’ by Mike Rose and ‘Habits of Mind’, the excerpt from ‘Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing’.

    Breaking the negative cycles on the way to success requires an individual to take responsibility of his/her life. According to the article ‘The Framework of Success in Postsecondary Writing’, responsibility is the ability to seize ownership of individual’s actions and to know the consequences of such actions. This definition implies that the success is strongly influenced by person’s decision to initiate a change, rather than accept his/her present status. Murray’s life clearly demonstrates that an individual can take responsibility of their life to change their living conditions. For instance, Murray mainly focuses on a troubled mother who is a drug addict and whose family is selling drugs as a way of survival in a neighborhood dominated by crime. The climactic point is when she decides to stop conforming to the negative cycles around her life, which occurs after her mother’s death. She realizes the existing parallel between her and mother’s life and finds that instead of progressing, she is recreating the same a cycle hence it is imperative that something change. Murray could have chosen to blame her parents and family background for the predicaments in her life and find excuses to continue living in abject poverty and keep selling drugs. In the process of shifting her life from being homeless to studying at Harvard, Murray undergoes a self-change and gains the innate ability to survive life outside of the environment where she grew up. With this transformation, she shows that responsibility supersedes self-pity and comfort of a despicable life. Rather, responsibility entails making difficult choices to pursue changes despite eminent drawbacks that suppress any hope to enact a change.

    Success requires perseverance while experiencing of difficult situations. An individual must understand that neither of situations is permanent and a change will eventually appear. Thus, it is important that a person does not make a permanent decision out of a temporary problem/challenge. Murray, despite living under inhuman conditions, have chosen to persevere hoping for a change in future. For instance, the living conditions in their apartment were atrocious: it was occupied by addicts and drug dealers. The stench that filled the house could be easily smelled from the hallway, since her parents hardly cleaned the garbage thereby accumulating. The apartment also had a wicked bathtub. Drain of the bathtub was clogged leaving it filled with water that turned black in due course and there was a dark slime that was gathered around the edge of the tab that produced a strong swampy smell while touched. Clearly, the situation was unbearable and it took a hope and sheer perseverance to continue living. Murray did not snap and make a radical decision, such as committing suicide or leaving the home. According to Duckworth, grit refers to the passion and perseverance to achieve long-term goals by keeping up interests and efforts for a long period, working strenuously to overcome adversities, challenges, failures and plateaus in progress. Murray’s life is a clear demonstration of grit. She was flexible enough to continue living in that atmosphere. According to the article, ‘Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing,’ flexibility entails the ability of an individual to adapt to difficult situations, demands and expectations. She notes, “During that time, I was simply living as witness in my life more than a participant.” The ideas expressed in these articles explain how perseverance was important in propelling Murray in her successful journey as well as the nature of cycles she had to break as a cause of her family.

    Achieving a success requires a person to break from demeaning past and stay motivated to transit into a fruitful future by making firm decisions. You must reject frustration and confusion by clearly defining yourself. This action requires stern decisions. For instance, Murray’s successful journey started after her mother decided to get clean from drugs and abandon her father. Lizz firmly decides not to follow her. She views her departure as a continuation of trust breach and neglect in that she is sabotaging the only security Lizz had. Her decision to stay with her father, despite his continued truancy ended by Child Welfare taking her to the different life. While homeless, she perceives that the only escape route is available to her is going back to school to gain control of her life. Despite being behind academically due to homelessness, she had a determination to ensure that all the grades in her transcript reads A. She stated, “I have realized that some things in life are absolutely non-negotiable…official documents such as transcripts were important, they were the options available to me.” Murray’s statement depicts the role of motivation in achieving success. It is quintessential for students to remain motivated through efforts enacted by their teachers. Murray was determined not to allow mediocrity of her life. Rather, her father’s life was sufficient motivation by acting as a redeeming feature. Murray’s father was an intellectual before diving into drug addiction; he have earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and partly pursuing a masters’ program. Despite not completing his master’s degree, he continued vividly reading, thereby influencing Murray to want the same. Besides, their apartment was full of books that she read on numerous occasions. Reading kept her motivated and actively prepared her for high school. Motivation additionally gave her persistence. Based on ‘Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing’ persistence enables a person to sustain attention and interest for a long- or short-term project. Murray was persistent in her journey and eventually achieved success against all challenges that attempted to hinder her progress.

    In conclusion, according to Lizz Murray, to change something in his/her life, an individual has to break the negative cycles because it is the only way to overcome obstacles in order to have a successful life. Murray succeeded in breaking the cycles of poverty and drug addiction in her family by making stern decisions. She took responsibility for her actions and its consequences, persevered through difficult times and broke her past, stayed motivated by reading of books and embraced stupendous determination to achieve her goals.

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