Build Like An Ant: How My Mom Helped Me Become Valedictorian: Build Like An Ant: How My Mom Helped Me Become Valedictorian

Build Like An Ant: How My Mom Helped Me Become Valedictorian: Build Like An Ant: How My Mom Helped Me Become Valedictorian

by DJ Chung

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ISBN-13: 9781614644927
Publisher: Hyperink
Publication date: 07/24/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 50
File size: 513 KB

About the Author

DJ is currently living and working in Silicon Valley after graduating Cum Laude from Duke University with a degree in Economics. Before Duke, DJ graduated valedictorian in a class of 640 students from Hickman High School in Columbia, MO. He served as President of the National Honor Society and was also captain of the varsity golf team. His senior year, DJ finished seventh at the Missouri State Golf Tournament, setting a record for shooting one of the lowest rounds in Missouri state history, four under par, 68. While DJ graduated at the top of his class, he was not the smartest student, far from it. He became valedictorian by relying on his mother's lessons and immeasurable support from family, friends and teachers.

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Have you seen those geese fly? Do you know how far they fly? Hundreds of miles. And they’re always making those noises at each other; they’re encouraging each other if they get weary. Those are the types of friends you want. – Mama Chung

There's that saying, “you are the average of the five people you hang out with most.”

While you are your own person, it’s undeniable that other people influence you. So surround yourself with friends that encourage, motivate and support you. If there's only one thing you take away from this book, I hope it is that you realize you can't become valedictorian on your own.

My best teachers were my friends. We were going through the same difficult classes together, after all. When I didn't know something, one of my friends usually did, and when one of my friends didn't know something, I did. You quickly realize how little you know, and once you learn the power of collaboration, you know you can only go so far by yourself.

My mom always stressed the importance of positive and encouraging friends. She relayed this piece of advice to me that stuck:

"Have you seen those geese fly in packs? Do you know how far they fly? Hundreds of miles. And they’re always making those noises at each other; they’re encouraging each other if they get weary. Those are the types of friends you want."

In high school, any time I would ask to go to a movie, party or friend’s house, she would ask who was going to be there. I always thought this was an annoying question, but I get it now. It wasn’t about where I was—it was about whom I was with. The question was really my mom making sure that I was spending time with the people who were going to support me, and act as positive influences on my life. And so should you: surround yourself with people that build you up.

To find the friends that will get you through, you first need to be that friend to others. I’ve found that the most supportive friends in my life have these three characteristics: they’re the first to offer help, they’re willing to listen, and they celebrate the successes of others...

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