I am a Pioneer
I had the opportunity, while attending my first on-campus Doctorate course at Liberty University, to meet people who looked like me. Not in skin tone or personality, but whose life experiences were very similar to mine.
These individuals were some of the first in their families to obtain a higher education. They were pioneers, just like me…
A pioneer is someone who is the first to enter or settle a region, thus opening it for occupation and development by others.
Being the first to pursue master and doctorate degrees within my family, things have not been very easy. As a pioneer, I know that I have to clear the way so that others can follow suit; I have to go through uncharted territory…this can be very difficult at times.
Without a doubt, pioneers must work 10xs harder, jump a little higher, and do a little more than everyone else because of the many odds against them. Sometimes, they are ridiculed, misunderstood and/or hated against. There are frustrations, worries, negativity, and lack of people with similar vision, thus ultimately creating stress.
But, you can’t focus on those things—they are ONLY distractions to keep you from your purpose. There are others who are watching you, waiting for you to clear the way. They see your strength, perseverance, determination, and fearlessness; they are waiting for an example, someone to show them that it can be done.
To give an encouraging word to my fellow pioneers…
You may be the first about to graduate high school, obtain a bachelors, masters, and/or doctorate degree. The first person to be saving yourself for marriage, to plant a church, become a pastor, give your heart to God, etc., within your family… don’t quit, but keep persevering! You are able to overcome and achieve greatness. Remember, you are the one paving the way for someone else.
I’d love to hear your story… are you a pioneer?