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The Power of Small Sacrifices for Large Gains: My Personal Journey to Opportunity

Updated: Mar 3




Throughout my life, the principle of making small sacrifices for significant gains has guided me through both challenging and rewarding times. This philosophy, which prioritizes long-term benefits over immediate gratification, truly came to life during a period when I found myself at rock bottom, relying on TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and state support. My journey from this low point to where I stand today is a testament to the transformative potential of embracing small, disciplined sacrifices across various aspects of life, including personal development, financial stability, career progression, and overall well-being.

Hitting Rock Bottom

The lowest point in my life was also the beginning of a profound transformation. It was then that I discovered a community jobs program through the Division of Social and Health Services (DSHS). Surprisingly, I found out that Goodwill offered financial education programs—a resource previously unknown to me.

A Turning Point

This program marked a significant turning point for me. I was fortunate to work with an exceptional coach and supervisor who invested deeply in my growth, alongside other students. This experience opened my eyes to new possibilities and set me on a path of learning and self-discovery.

One day, in her office, I was presented with an unexpected opportunity: to become an AmeriCorps member for the next 12 months. I had been aiming for a conventional job in the same department, but the AmeriCorps position, despite offering less immediate financial reward, promised a wealth of opportunities for growth. The likelihood of getting the job I initially wanted seemed slim, making the AmeriCorps offer even more enticing.

Taking a Leap of Faith

With not much to lose but enough at stake, I chose the path of opportunity over immediate financial gain. This decision was one of many small sacrifices I’ve made, but it proved to be pivotal. The AmeriCorps experience enriched me in ways I could not have imagined, providing invaluable life lessons, professional development, and the chance to make a real difference in the community.

Reflecting on the Journey

Today, I reflect on my journey as a powerful reminder of the importance of looking beyond immediate gratification. My path from relying on state support to seizing an opportunity with AmeriCorps illustrates the profound impact of embracing small sacrifices for the sake of long-term growth and fulfillment.

Are You Frustrated?

Are you sitting frustrated after many applications and months of rejection? I’ve been there, and I understand how disheartening it can be. But sometimes, it’s about finding the right opportunity that can transform your path, just as AmeriCorps did for me.

Let’s Connect for a Consult

If my story resonates with you and you’re looking for guidance on how to navigate your own journey, let’s connect for a consult. Together, we can explore the opportunities that await you and strategize on making those small sacrifices that lead to significant gains. Your path to success is unique, and with the right support and direction, you can overcome the challenges and achieve your goals.


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My personal story is a testament to the transformative power of making small sacrifices for significant gains. It’s a principle that has carried me through various facets of life, teaching me the value of discipline, foresight, and courage. By choosing to invest in ourselves and seize the opportunities that come our way, we can unlock extraordinary achievements and a deeper sense of fulfillment. Let this story inspire you to embrace the sacrifices you’re willing to make today, for the remarkable outcomes that await tomorrow. Let’s embark on this journey together.


Shannon Hassan, Forward Focus Consulting

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