By: Alex Chavez
“Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can.”
What is success? Success is viewed differently from person to person, yet everyone wants to achieve their idea of success. The personal belief of what success actually is, and knowing when someone has achieved success, is elusive. Success to most consist of being economically stable and having a surplus of funds, having a good social status, and having various connections from all walks of life. Lawyers, in my opinion, would encompass all these requirements. A lawyer receives a considerable compensation when working in a lucrative law firm. Lawyers also manage to have a high social status and collect various connections due to the access their career provides. Being a successful lawyer can really enact change due to their understanding of the law.
My decision to become a lawyer and be involved in politics wasn’t decided solely on compensation, but due to the countless violations of basic human rights I have witnessed here in the United States and abroad. Another factor that played a role in my decision was a quote by Hillary Clinton, in which she said, “Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can.” Since then I have been steadfast to make positive impact in our country and if possible the world, because as a person I could not continue to live in peace and stand idly by knowing things such as war crimes and other atrocities were being committed in places such as Syria and Iraq and nothing was being done by our government or the international community to put a cease to these disastrous events. I want to become a lawyer to fight for human rights and children’s rights. I want to combat those who wish to undermine our civil rights here, which are supposed to be protected by our very Constitution. I want to fight for children’s rights abroad because no child should have to endure living in a war torn country nor should they be denied a basic education. I wish to push forward reforms that positively impact our country, even if it has to be forced down the counterpart party.
I want to be remembered as the someone who got things done. I want to be known throughout history as a force of change. I want to be remembered as someone who fought for those people who couldn’t fight for themselves and continued to spearhead efforts in fighting for their rights.
My vision of success means leaving a mark in this world and knowing that I did anything humanly possible to enact positive change. I want to leave the world better than how I found it. Gandhi once said, “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” The quote signifies to me that anyone, regardless of who they are or where they come from, can be a change. I believe I will have achieved success when I have made a difference in the world, while doing what I love, practicing law.