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An average twenty-something who wants you know that you can conquer the world. Phil 4:13

11 Steps to Success for the Closet Champion

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(n) closet champion – someone who wants to be better, more courageous, more etc. but is held back by fear

Example: The closet champion is awesome but needs to take a little hop out the door to therefore be the outwardly awesome champion that he/she really is.

STEP 1: Admit that you need help.

-It’s okay to admit to people that sometimes you just don’t know.

STEP 2: Don’t be ashamed to ask for help.

– Nobody expects you to have the whole knowledge of the human race stored up in your brain. People like being asked for advice, and it’s a humble thing to let people know that you need them sometimes.

STEP 3: Don’t be afraid to be actively curious.

-Ask questions. Get interested in things. Explore. Adventure the amazing wealth of knowledge before you. *cough* internet *cough* *cough* Go out and find things that make your brain smile.

STEP 4: Find what you love and work really hard at it.

-It’s always better to do something you’re passionate about because you’ll do it with all your heart and make it into something incredibly awesome.

STEP 5: Surround yourself with people that make you want to be better.

-Make friends with people you admire. Whether it’s their work ethic, personality or something else entirely. Don’t think of yourself as inferior, but see the people around you as other awesome people who can help each other be the best people they can be.

STEP 6: Listen more. Talk less.

-Hear what other people have to say. It shows that you care about them as a person and value their thoughts.

STEP 7: Ask questions!

-I said it before, but I’ll say it again because it’s that important. DO IT. YOU LEARN THINGS. About topics, people, life, travel, history, the world in general…

STEP 8: Be assertive: speak your mind.

-Learn and work on being articulate and tactful. You have great ideas and your thoughts can mean a lot. Constructing your words to mean what you think is crucial to moving forward not only personally, but also in any career in the future.

STEP 9: Don’t be afraid to do your own thing.

-If painting makes you happy, paint. If long runs make you happy, go run. If cozying up in bed and watching Netflix on a Friday night makes you feel content with life, do that. Don’t ever feel like you have to do something. A polite decline will always do.

STEP 10: Stay active. Stay healthy.

-Keep your mind motivated and interested. Eat well. Take care of yourself. Keep your body healthy so that you can continue to do all the things you love.

STEP 11: Trust in God. And if you don’t believe in God, trust in something bigger than yourself.

>A wise kid once told me that believing that there’s a bigger picture takes the weight off your own shoulders and lets you breathe a little more. So breathe a lot. (You need it to live.)

Follow these steps and say goodbye to the Harry Potter closet. Step out and conquer the world – one step at a time. Share this with another closet champion and let them know that they can do it too.

Author: leslieboey

Leslie Boey is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying Communication Arts. She hails from New Berlin, WI near Milwaukee and lives with her two brothers, parents and loving pooch, Cooper. She is a member of the Women's Ultimate Frisbee Team and is a leader involved in her living community at school. Her socks rarely match and extreme sports make her go bonkers. She strives for excellence, happiness and Jesus. Life enthusiast.

One thought on “11 Steps to Success for the Closet Champion

  1. Such words of wisdom….love reading your insights!

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